Mar. 20th, 2017

mousseron

Mar. 20th, 2017 07:43 am
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It just so happens I ALSO have a bunch of M-words in a row up next. So here's another theme week!


mousseron - n., an eminently edible mushroom with a flattish white cap.


In English this refers to Marasmius oreades, also known as Scotch Bonnet and the fairy ring mushroom, the latter confusingly as there are several other species, both edible and toxic, that also grow in fairy rings. In French, from which we got the word, it seems to refer instead to Calocybe gambosa, known in English as St. George's mushroom, which is also quite edible (especially when fried in butter) but has a different taste and texture (not as sweet, for one thing). The French name comes from Old French mousseron, from Vulgar Latin/Late Latin mussari┼Źnem (or conjectural form *mussari┼Ź), probably of pre-Roman origin.

---L.

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