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puff·ball

 (pŭf′bôl′)
n.
1. Any of various fungi chiefly of the family Lycoperdaceae, having a ball-shaped fruiting body that when pressed or struck releases clouds of small spores.
2. Informal The rounded head of a dandelion that has gone to seed.

puffball

(ˈpʌfˌbɔːl)
n
(Plants) any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic fungi of the genera Calvatia and Lycoperdon, having a round fruiting body that discharges a cloud of brown spores when mature

puff•ball

(ˈpʌfˌbɔl)

n.
any of various globular stalkless fungi, of the genus Lycoperdon and allied genera, that emit a cloud of spores when pressed or broken.
[1640–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puffball - any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when maturepuffball - any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when mature
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
family Lycoperdaceae, Lycoperdaceae - a fungus family belonging to the order Lycoperdales; includes puffballs
Calvatia gigantea, giant puffball - huge edible puffball up to 2 feet diameter and 25 pounds in weight
2.puffball - any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling trufflespuffball - any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles
genus Scleroderma, Scleroderma - genus of poisonous fungi having hard-skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles
Scleroderma aurantium, Scleroderma citrinum - an earthball fungus that is a dingy brownish yellow and a dark purplish interior; the peridium is covered with a pattern of small warts
Scleroderma flavidium, star earthball - an earthball with a smooth upper surface that is at first buried in sand; the top of the fruiting body opens up to form segments like the ray of an umbel
Scleroderma bovista, smooth earthball - an earthball with a peridium that is firm dry and smooth when young but developing cracks when mature; pale orange-yellow when young and reddish brown at maturity
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
Translations

puffball

[ˈpʌfbɔːl] Nbejín m, pedo m de lobo

puffball

puff-ball [ˈpʌfbɔːl] n (= fungus) → vesse-de-loup f

puffball

[ˈpʌfˌbɔːl] n (mushroom) → vescia
References in classic literature ?
She raised her face, which gleamed in the twilight like a puff-ball.
Augustine simply because he wanted to see May, she gave an adipose chuckle and patted his knee with her puff-ball hand.
It was the era of the puff-ball skirt, outerwear with a silhouette that suggested chronic flatulence.
Two cases in point from many years gone by are puff-ball mushrooms and tuna steaks, both of which I still can't face.
The reality was all the cool kids having the last dance to Spandau Ballet's Gold and me hugging my stone-wash jacket sadly and trying to pull my too short puff-ball skirt down over my chubby thighs in the school cloakroom.
The lil's pink puff-ball made of pixels that destroys everything in its path and has the ability to run, jump, float, slide and inhale?
Attending the James Milner Foundation Gala, in Manchester, with City footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair, the 22-year old stood out in a pink sequin puff-ball mini dress by Miss Francesca Couture.
I'm not convinced about her costumes, Alice Ford (one of Windsor's great ladies) sporting a puff-ball skirt, gorgeous legs and high-heels and looking far too young to have a teenage daughter, Nannetta.
The photo shows the 34-year-old comedian and TV presenter wearing a beaded puff-ball lace dress with a matching veil.
"At our higher price-point products we blend puff-ball fibers with low-denier microfibers to tell a comfort and support story.
And although I've obviously let the school down in their expectations of my dressmaking abilities, I was unable to run up a brocade puff-ball jacket with matching pantaloons in little over a day.