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      n   pl   , -cilliums, -cillia   any ascomycetous saprophytic fungus of the genus Penicillium, which commonly grow as a green or blue mould on stale food: some species are used in cheese-making and others as a source of penicillin  
     (C19: New Latin, from Latin penicillus tuft of hairs; named from the tufted appearance of the sporangia of this fungus)  
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