Definition of elf cup in English:

elf cup

(also scarlet elf cup)


  • A fungus of decaying wood, producing small groups of shallow short-stemmed cups with a scarlet interior, found in both Eurasia and North America.

    Sarcoscypha coccinea, family Sarcosomataceae, subdivision Ascomycotina

    • ‘Peter James takes us on a tour through the enthralling world of scarlet elf cups, death caps and King Alfred's cakes.’
    • ‘The scarlet elf cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea, is one of the most eye-catching edible fungi.’
    • ‘From the photo it is pretty obvious that the cup fungus pictured is the Scarlet Cup.’