Mould vs Fungus - What's the difference?

mould | fungus |


As nouns the difference between mould and fungus

is that mould is (british|canadian|australian) while fungus is any member of the kingdom fungi; a eukaryotic organism typically having chitin cell walls but no chlorophyll or plastids fungi may be unicellular or multicellular.

As a verb mould

is (british|canadian|australian).

mould

English

Etymology

Via (etyl) and (etyl), from (etyl) modulus

Noun

(en noun)
  • (British, Canadian, Australian)
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (British, Canadian, Australian)
  • fungus

    English

    (wikipedia fungus)

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • Any member of the kingdom Fungi; a eukaryotic organism typically having chitin cell walls but no chlorophyll or plastids. Fungi may be unicellular or multicellular.
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    Usage notes

    The plural form (fungi) comes directly from the Latin. See that entry for information about the several English pronunciations in use.

    Synonyms

    * mold, mushroom

    Hyponyms

    * ascomycete, basidiomycete, mushroom, toadstool, yeast

    Derived terms

    * bracket fungus * fungal * fungicidal * fungicide * fungoid * jelly fungus