Any of various fungi of the familyAgaricaceae, having umbrella-like caps with numerous gills beneath. (noun)
Examples of word agaric
At home, we very often make use of the ringed agaric, which is reputed extremely dangerous.
Let us not be too quick to explain this refusal by the noxious properties of the olive tree agaric, which is said to be extremely poisonous.
The first is a kind of agaric or mushroom, which grows from the root of the walnut-tree, especially when it is felled.
It proved an instantly comfortable, lightweight boot well-suited to rambling, skipping over sheep poo and resisting the urge to kick spectacular blooms of fly agaric and other autumn fungi.
Before they perform the sacrifice, the Khanty perform a divination ceremony using fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria).
Talking about the mushrooms, a Khanty man told the authors that "the value of the divination depends upon taking the smallest fly agaric mushroom in any stand of mushrooms; one must not gather the older ones 'because old ones lie.'"
Norse Gods, fly agaric mushrooms, prehistoric atavisms, the unavoidable void and the density of matter ...
It is tempting to conclude that witches were, indeed, mad, suffering from delusions and the effects of naturally occurring hallucinogenic substances such as ergot of rye and fly agaric.
P.S. The mushrooms, by the way, are fly agaric - a species that not only looks fantastic, being the model for virtually all appearances of toadstools in popular culture, but is absolutely loaded with folklore and religious and shamanic significance.