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Any of various ascomycetous fungi, especially of the family Pezizaceae, characterized by a spore-bearing structure that is often stalkless and cup-shaped or disk-shaped.
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any small, cup-shaped, usu. brightly colored mushroom of the family Pezizaceae.
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|Noun||1.||cup fungus - any fungus that is a member of the subclass Discomycetes|
ascomycete, ascomycetous fungus - any fungus of the class Ascomycetes (or subdivision Ascomycota) in which the spores are formed inside an ascus
Discomycetes, subclass Discomycetes - a large and taxonomically difficult group of Ascomycetes in which the fleshy fruiting body is disklike or cup-shaped
Leotia lubrica - a discomycete that develops in clusters of slippery rubbery gelatinous fruiting bodies that are dingy yellow to tan in color
Mitrula elegans - a discomycete that is 3-8 cm high with an orange to yellow fertile portion and white or pinkish stalks often half in and half out of the water
Sarcoscypha coccinea, scarlet cup - a discomycete that is a harbinger of spring; the fruiting body is thin and tough and saucer-shaped (about the size of quarter to a half dollar) with a deep bright red upper surface and a whitish exterior
Caloscypha fulgens - an early spring variety of discomycete with yellow to orange yellow lining of the cup
Aleuria aurantia, orange peel fungus - a discomycete with bright orange cup-shaped or saucer-shaped fruiting bodies and pale orange exteriors
Peziza domicilina - a discomycetous fungus of the genus Peziza; the fragile fruiting body is a ghostly white but stains yellow when broken; favors strongly alkaline habitats
Galiella rufa - the cup-shaped fruiting body of this discomycete has a jellylike interior and a short stalk
Jafnea semitosta - the fruiting bodies of this discomycete have a firm texture and long retain their cup shape; the pale brown interior blends with the color of dead leaves
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