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death cap

or death·cap (dĕth′kăp′)
n.
A poisonous, usually white mushroom (Amanita phalloides) having a prominent cup-shaped base. Also called death cup.

death cap

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death angel

n
(Biology) a poisonous woodland saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungus, Amanita phalloides, differing from the edible mushroom (Agaricus) only in its white gills (pinkish-brown in Agaricus) and the presence of a volva. See also amanita
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Noun1.death cap - extremely poisonous usually white fungus with a prominent cup-shaped basedeath cap - extremely poisonous usually white fungus with a prominent cup-shaped base; differs from edible Agaricus only in its white gills
agaric - a saprophytic fungus of the order Agaricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside
Amanita, genus Amanita - genus of widely distributed agarics that have white spores and are poisonous with few exceptions
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As mentioned, there are perils of not knowing your chanterelles from your death caps, so it's vital that you know what you are doing and are able to identify everything you find correctly.
"However there are also a few varieties of fungi that are not safe to pick such as death caps and sulphur caps."
The hearing in Taunton was told she found the death caps, which contain up to 20 toxins, under oak and fir trees in their garden last November.