am·a·ni·ta (ăm′ə-nītə, -nē-)
Any of various mushrooms in the genus Amanita, many of which are extremely poisonous. Amanitas have white spores and usually a ring around the stalk and a rounded bulb at the base.
[New Latin Amānīta, genus name, from Greek amānītai, a fungus.]
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