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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a genus of poisonous mushrooms of the family Hellvellaceae of the class Ascomycetes. The mushrooms are edible only after they are boiled in water and the infusion is removed. Without this preparation, the mushrooms may cause severe intoxication.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.