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 for mushroom-
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mushroom \Mush"room\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness
        of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities.
        [1913 Webster]
     Mushroom anchor, an anchor shaped like a mushroom, capable
        of grasping the ground in whatever way it falls.
     Mushroom coral (Zool.), any coral of the genus Fungia.
        See Fungia.
     Mushroom spawn (Bot.), the mycelium, or primary filamentous
        growth, of the mushroom; also, cakes of earth and manure
        containing this growth, which are used for propagation of
        the mushroom.
     mushroom cloud, a cloud of smoke rising and then spreading
        laterally to take on the shape of a mushroom -- caused by
        large fires or explosions, esp. nuclear explosions.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mushroom \Mush"room\, n. [OE. muscheron, OF. mouscheron, F.
     mousseron; perhaps fr. mousse moss, of German origin. See
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) An edible fungus ({Agaricus campestris), having a
            white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish
            expanded portion called the pileus. This is whitish
            and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the
            under side radiating gills which are at first
            flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant
            grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity
            of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant
            smell, and is largely used as food. It is also
            cultivated from spawn.
        (b) Any large fungus developing a visible fruiting body
            with a stem and cap, usu. of the basidiomycetes;
            especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool.
            Several species are edible; but many are very
            poisonous. The term mushroom is used most often for
            edible varieties, the poisonous ones being termed
            toadstools or other names. But this distinction is
            often ignored.
            [1913 Webster +PJC]
     2. One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an
        upstart. --Bacon.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  mushroom \mush"room\, v. i.
     1. to grow or expand rapidly.
     2. to grow so much and so rapidly as to change qualitatively;
        used with into; as, a minor border skirmish mushroomed
        into a full-blown war.

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "mushroom":
     Ectocarpales, Phaeophyceae, algae, autophyte, ball, balloon, bead,
     bean, blossom, blow up, bracken, brew, brown algae, burgeon, burst,
     climber, conferva, confervoid, conglobulate, creeper, detonate,
     develop, diatom, fern, flourish, fruits and vegetables, fucus,
     fungi, fungus, gather, germinate, globe, go off, grapevine,
     green algae, grow, grow up, gulfweed, herb, heterophyte,
     hypertrophy, increase, ivy, kelp, legume, lentil, liana, lichen,
     liverwort, mature, mold, molds, moss, newly-rich, nouveau-riche,
     outgrow, overdevelop, overgrow, overtop, parasite, parasitic plant,
     parvenu, pea, perthophyte, phytoplankton, planktonic algae,
     plant families, procreate, puffball, pullulate, pulse, red algae,
     reproduce, rockweed, rust, saprophyte, sargasso, sargassum,
     sea lentil, sea moss, sea wrack, seaweed, shoot up, smut, snowball,
     sphere, spherify, spring up, sprout, sprout up, succulent,
     thallogens, thrive, toadstool, tower, upshoot, upspear, upspring,
     upsprout, upstart, vegetate, vetch, vine, wax, wort, wrack

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