Museum beetle, Museum pest. (Zoöl.) See Anthrenus.

(Mush) n. [Cf. Gael. mus, muss, pap, porridge, any thick preparation of fruit, OHG. muos; akin to AS. & OS. mos food, and prob, to E. meat. See Meat.] Meal (esp. Indian meal) boiled in water; hasty pudding; supawn. [U.S.]

(Mush), v. t. [Cf. F. moucheter to cut with small cuts.] To notch, cut, or indent, as cloth, with a stamp.

(Mush"room) n. [OE. muscheron, OF. mouscheron, F. mousseron; perhaps fr. mousse moss, of German origin. See Moss.]

1. (Bot.) (a) An edible fungus having a white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish expanded portion called the pileus. This is whitish and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the under side radiating gills which are at first flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant smell, and is largely used as food. It is also cultivated from spawn. (b) Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous.

2. One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart. Bacon.

(Mush"room), a.

1. Of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup.

2. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities.

Mushroom anchor, an anchor shaped like a mushroom, capable of grasping the ground in whatever way it falls.Mushroom coral(Zoöl.), any coral of the genus Fungia. See Fungia.Mushroom spawn(Bot.), the mycelium, or primary filamentous growth, of the mushroom; also, cakes of earth and manure containing this growth, which are used for propagation of the mushroom.

(Mush"room-head`ed) a. (Bot.) Having a cylindrical body with a convex head of larger diameter; having a head like that of a mushroom.

2. Wonder, or admiration. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Muse"ful) a. Meditative; thoughtfully silent. "Museful mopings." Dryden. - - Muse"ful*ly, adv.

(Muse"less), a. Unregardful of the Muses; disregarding the power of poetry; unpoetical. Milton.

(Mus"er) n. One who muses.

(Mu"set) n. [OF. mussette, dim. of musse, muce, a hiding place, fr. F. musser, OF. mucier, muchier, to conceal, hide. Cf. Micher.] A small hole or gap through which a wild animal passes; a muse. Shak.

(Mu*sette") n. [F., dim. of OF. muse.]

1. A small bagpipe formerly in use, having a soft and sweet tone.

2. An air adapted to this instrument; also, a kind of rustic dance.

(Mu*se"um) n. [L., a temple of the Muses, hence, a place of study, fr. Gr. fr. a Muse.] A repository or a collection of natural, scientific, or literary curiosities, or of works of art.

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