Definition of Puffball

1. Noun. Any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when mature.

Exact synonyms: True Puffball
Generic synonyms: Fungus
Group relationships: Family Lycoperdaceae, Lycoperdaceae
Specialized synonyms: Calvatia Gigantea, Giant Puffball

2. Noun. Any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles.

Definition of Puffball

1. n. A kind of ball-shaped fungus (Lycoperdon giganteum, and other species of the same genus) full of dustlike spores when ripe; -- called also bullfist, bullfice, puckfist, puff, and puffin.

Definition of Puffball

1. Noun. Any of various fungi that produce a cloud of brown dust-like spores from their mature fruiting bodies. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Puffball

1. any of various globular fungi [n -S]

Puffball Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Puffball Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Puffball

puff adder
puff batter
puff of air
puff out
puff paste
puff pastries
puff pastry
puff piece
puff pieces
puff the magic dragon
puff up
puffball (current term)
puffed out
puffed rice
puffed up
puffed wheat

Literary usage of Puffball

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Manual of Experiments in Elementary Science by Francis Day Curtis (1918)
"Where are the spores of the puffball located? 3. In each case how are the spores sown? ... Are all mushrooms, aside from the puffball, gilled? 6. ..."

2. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"Where did you find the puffball? On what was it growing? ... Remove the puffball, and examine the place where it stood with a lens to find the matted and ..."

3. Fungal Flora of the Lehigh Valley, Pa. by William Herbst (1899)
"BOVISTA.—The Bovista puffball. The closed puffball. .—The open (with a pore) puffball. ... This is a very rare puffball. From a postal, in return from Prof. ..."

4. Prairie Smoke by Melvin Randolph Gilmore (1922)
"The puffball very quickly increased in size and weight so that it was all ... Still the puffball continued to grow until the turtle's body was pressed flat ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Puffball

Search for Puffball on!Search for Puffball on!Search for Puffball on Google!Search for Puffball on Wikipedia!