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fungus , i, m. for sfungus, kindred to σφόγγος, σπόγγος, the initial s suppressed as in fallo, fides, nurus, etc.; cf. funis, and v. the letter S.,
I.a mushroom, moril, fungus.
II. Transf.
A. A soft-pated fellow, a dolt: “stulti, stolidi, fatui, fungi, bardi, blenni, buccones,Plaut. Bacch. 5, 1, 2; so id. ib. 2, 3, 49; 4, 7, 23.—
B. A fungous excrescence on the human body, Tert. Spect. 23; cf.: “fungo simile ulcus,Cels. 6, 18, 11.—On the olive-tree, Plin. 17, 24, 37, § 223.—
C. A collection of lamp-black on the wick of a candle or lamp, a candle-snuff, Verg. G. 1, 392.
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    • Plautus, Stichus, 5.5
    • Vergil, Georgics, 1.392
    • Horace, Satires, 2.4.20
    • Plautus, Bacchides, 5.1
    • A. Cornelius Celsus, De Medicina, 6.18
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