stinking smut


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stinking smut

n.
See bunt3.

stinking smut

n
(Plant Pathology) a smut that affects wheat and is caused by the fungus Tilletia caries. Also called: bunt

bunt1

(bʌnt)
v.t.
1. (of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
2. to tap (a pitched baseball) close to home plate, usu. by facing the pitcher and allowing the ball to bounce off the bat.
v.i.
3. to push something with the horns or head; butt.
4. to bunt a baseball.
n.
5. a push with the head or horns; butt.
6.
a. the act of bunting a baseball.
b. a bunted baseball.
[1760–70; orig. British dial.: push, strike; of obscure orig.]
bunt′er, n.

bunt2

(bʌnt)

n.
1. the middle part of a square sail.
2. the part of a fishing net in which the catch is made.
[1575–85; orig. uncertain]

bunt3

(bʌnt)

n.
a smut disease of wheat in which the kernels are replaced by the black foul-smelling spores of fungi of the genus Tilletia. Also called stinking smut.
[1595–1605; earlier, puffball]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stinking smut - disease of wheat characterized by replacement of the grains with greasy masses of smelly smut spores
smut - destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores
2.stinking smut - similar to Tilletia caries
smut fungus, smut - any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
genus Tilletia, Tilletia - a genus of fungi belonging to the family Tilletiaceae
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Stinking smut made the wheat kernels foul and we lost the entire crop to septorian rust, which shriveled the grain, not once, but many times.