Meaning of cordyceps in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːdɪsɛps/

nounplural noun cordyceps

  • A parasitic fungus that chiefly infects insects, replacing the host tissue with mycelium and producing prominent elongated fruiting bodies. It often affects the behaviour of the host insect, causing it to move to a location favourable for the release of fungal spores.

    Several genera in the order Hypocreales (Cordyceps, Ophiocordyceps, Tolypocladium (some species in these last two genera were formerly placed in Cordyceps), phylum Ascomycota


Mid 19th century modern Latin Cordyceps (genus name), from Greek kordulē ‘club’ + -ceps (from Latin caput ‘head’).