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Chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius.jpg


Borrowed from French chanterelle, from New Latin cantharellus, diminutive of Latin cantharus (drinking vessel).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃæntəɹɛl/, /ʃɒntəˈɹɛl/


chanterelle (plural chanterelles)

  1. A widely distributed edible mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, being yellow and trumpet-shaped; or any similar mushroom of the genera Cantharellus, Polyozellus or Gomphus, not all of which are edible.
    • 1979, Angela Carter, ‘The Erl-King’, The Bloody Chamber, Vintage 2006, p. 98:
      Even the homely wood blewits, that you cook like tripe, with milk and onions, and the egg-yolk yellow chanterelle with its fan-vaulting and faint smell of apricots, all spring up overnight like bubbles of earth, unsustained by nature, existing in a void.
  2. The highest string of the violin or similar instrument.

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