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Synonyms for puffball

any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when mature

any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles

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Puffball fillers are wads of lightweight fiber and can be natural, like kapok, or synthetic, like polyester fiberfill.
Fiona - a ranger with Falkirk Council - said: "It was really exciting as it's probably the biggest puffball I've ever found in my life.
So, I was delighted to find the puffballs since they were a safe, sure thing, and I asked that they be added to the night's menu.
Heather said that one puffball was recently sold for pounds 25.
Red Dress was preceded with the intro to Frankie's Two Tribes, before the Sugas arrived, appropriately enough, in startling red dresses, which they soon ripped off to reveal some transparent puffball number.
'We have also had a good run of puffballs, some of them are 12 inches across like footballs.' Matt Rudd who runs The Foxhunter in Nantyderry, Monmouthshire, the AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales in 2004, also goes foraging.
Afterwards, all I wanted to do was to adopt a group of the adorable puffballs and protect them from winds, cold weather, and hungry predators.
You'll also find some small puffballs (golf ball size to coffee mug size) which we do not harvest, for safe-eating purposes (as they can be the beginnings of the very poisonous and sometimes deadly Amanita mushrooms).
They range from puffballs to puffs of smoke from volcano Etna and from cloudbursts to clusters of bacteria.
purple sea corals and giant puffballs! From the jack-o-lantern (which glows in the dark) to the velvet earth tongue and the club-headed beetle-eater, nature's premier recycling system is a source of endless fascination.
Examples include the field mushrooms, the inky caps (so-called because they turn into a black, inky-like substance when they decompose), oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus, so-called because they taste remarkably similar to cooked oysters), fairy ring mushrooms (Marasmius oreades, which always grow in circles), chanterelles, boletes (especially the giant bolete, Boletus edulis, which tastes like eggplant when cooked), puffballs, morels and chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus, which really does taste like chicken).
She was wearing leopard-print slippers with fuzzy puffballs and feathers."
Mushrooms, toadstools, and puffballs are the most common and familiar examples of saprophytic fungi, but the saprophytes also include many thousands of minute fungal species that permeate virtually every natural landscape and habitat.
Puffballs, which are found worldwide, grow in the autumn and can be edible then.