Definition of Geastrum
1. Noun. Type genus of Geastraceae; fungi whose outer peridium when dry splits into starlike segments.
Generic synonyms: Fungus Genus
Group relationships: Family Geastraceae, Geastraceae
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Geastrum
Literary usage of Geastrum
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"... keeping our oldest wine in closest bond; while the geastrum, aspiring occasionally to leave this earth, has been found suspended, like Mahomet's coffin, ..."
2. Life: Its Nature, Varieties, and Phenomena by Leo Hartley Grindon (1875)
"Every one who has seen these latter lying stranded on the shore will remember their circular configuration. We have it markedly also in the opened geastrum ..."
3. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"Some writers think that this was the same as the lycoperdon and geastrum of botanists, our puff-ball: while others take it to be the morel, the Morchella ..."