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mould Mass composed of the spore-bearing mycelia (vegetative filaments) and fruiting bodies produced by numerous fungi. Many moulds live off fruits, vegetables, cheese, butter, jelly, silage and almost any dead organic material. Roquefort, camembert, and stilton cheeses involve the use of mould. Although many species are pathogenic (disease-causing), penicillin and a few other antibiotics are obtained from moulds. See also fungicide; fungus; slime mould

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mould1, U.S. mold (dial.) friable earth, surface soil: (poet.) earth of the grave; the earth's surface OE.; garden soil XIV. OE. molde = (M)Du. moude, OHG. molta, ON. mold, Goth. mulda :- Gmc. *muldō, f. *mul- (*mel-, *mal-) pulverize, grind (cf. OE. myl, MDu. mul, mol dust, and MEAL1).

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mould3, U.S. mold woolly or furry growth consisting of minute fungi. XV. prob. developed from † moul(e)d, pp. of † moule, earlier † muwle grow mouldy — ON. *mugla, rel. to synon. ON. mygla.
Hence mouldy (-Y1) XIV.

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mould2, U.S. mold
A. native character XIII; (bodily) form XVI;

B. pattern or matrix by which a thing is shaped XIV. Presumably metathetic alt. of OF. modle (mod. moule) — L. modulus (see MODULATE).
Hence mould vb. XV.

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mould(mold)
1. Any fungus.

2. Any fungus of ‘mouldy’ appearance, i.e. one with abundant, visible, woolly mycelium upon which dusty or powdery conidia can be seen (e.g. Penicillium species).

3. See fossilization.

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mould (mold)
1. Any fungus
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2. Any fungus of ‘mouldy’ appearance, i.e. one with abundant, visible, woolly mycelium upon which dusty or powdery conidia can be seen (e.g. Penicillium species).

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mould (mohld) n. any multicellular filamentous fungus that commonly forms a rough furry coating on decaying matter.

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mould / mōld/ • n. & v. British spelling of mold1 , mold2 , and mold3 .

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mould See FOSSILIZATION.

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mouldbehold, bold, cold, enfold, fold, foretold, gold, hold, mould (US mold), old, outsold, scold, self-controlled, sold, told, uncontrolled, undersold, unpolled, uphold, withhold, wold •scaffold • tenfold •elevenfold, sevenfold •twelvefold •eightfold, gatefold •threefold • sheepfold • billfold •pinfold • sixfold • manifold •manyfold • twentyfold •blindfold, ninefold •fivefold • fourfold • thousandfold •twofold • hundredfold •centrefold (US centerfold) •millionfold • mangold • marigold •handhold • stranglehold • threshold •freehold • leasehold • copyhold •stronghold • shorthold • household •toehold • foothold • commonhold •cuckold • Leopold • Courtauld •Cotswold •unoiled, unsoiled, unspoiled •shopsoiled •Gould, unschooled •unscheduled • thick-skulled

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