Agaric

Agaric is the name of a genus of mushrooms known as fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), though the name had originally been used to refer to tree fungus. The name comes from Latin agaricum (referring to a species of tree fungus) via Ancient Greek agarikón, which also refers to a type of tree fungus. It seems to derive its name from a town called Agaria in a place called Sarmatia, an ancient region in what is now the Ukraine, southern Russia, and the eastern Balkans.

Origin: Ancient Greek

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Variants:

  • Agaricus (Latin)

 

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