Mushroom-shaped. From fungi-, fungus + forma, shape. The fungiform papillae are broad flat structures that house taste buds in the central portion of the dorsum (back) of the tongue. These papillae were thought to resemble a fungus: a little mushroom.
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Shaped like a fungus or mushroom; applied to any structure with a broad, often branched, free portion and a narrower base. SYN: fungilliform.

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fun·gi·form 'fən-jə-.fȯrm, 'fəŋ-gə- adj shaped like a mushroom

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fun·gi·form (funґjĭ-form) shaped like a fungus; see also fungoid.

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  • Fungiform — Fun gi*form, a. [Eungus + form: cf. F. fongiforme.] Shaped like a fungus or mushroom. [1913 Webster] {Fungiform papill[ae]} (Anat.), numerous small, rounded eminences on the upper surface of the tongue. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fungiform — [fun΄jifôrm΄, fuŋ′gəfôrm΄] adj. [ FUNGI + FORM] having the form of a fungus …   English World dictionary

  • fungiform — adjective Date: 1823 shaped like a mushroom …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fungiform — adj. [L. fungus, mushroom; forma, shape] Mushroomshaped …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • fungiform — /fun jeuh fawrm , fung geuh /, adj. having the form of a fungus or mushroom. [1815 25; FUNGI + FORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • fungiform — adjective Having the shape of a mushroom …   Wiktionary

  • fungifórm — adj. m., pl. fungifórmi; f. sg. fungifórmã, pl. fungifórme …   Romanian orthography

  • fungiform — shaped like a fungus Shapes and Resemblance …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • fungiform — adj. resembling fungus …   English contemporary dictionary

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