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Nature volume 71, pages 496498 (23 March 1905) | Download Citation



HAVING pointed out that the attempts to derive the word fungus from funere, or funus and ago, fungor, &c., have been shown to be failures—that it comes from the Greek δπγγos, and is the same word as sponge, the lecturer proceeded to give illustrations of the fungi known to the ancients. These were, of course, all of the larger kinds, since no knowledge of micro-fungi was possible. Nevertheless, references in the Old Testament show that certain diseases—mildew, smuts, &c.—were known to the Hebrews, but of course their connection with fungi was not suspected.

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