The words fungous, fungus sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do fungous, fungus sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: fungous, fungus are homophones of the English language.
Variant of fungal.
Any of numerous eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which lack chlorophyll and vascular tissue and range in form from a single cell to a body mass of branched filamentous hyphae that often produce specialized fruiting bodies. The kingdom includes the yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.