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dry rot

n.
1. A fungal disease that causes timber to become brittle and crumble into powder.
2. A plant disease in which the plant tissue remains relatively dry while fungi invade and ultimately decay bulbs, fruits, or woody tissues.

dry rot

n
1. (Biology) crumbling and drying of timber, bulbs, potatoes, or fruit, caused by saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungi
2. (Biology) any fungus causing this decay, esp of the genus Merulius
3. moral degeneration or corrupt practices, esp when previously unsuspected

dry′ rot′


n.
1.
a. a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi.
b. any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry.
2. any concealed or unsuspected inner decay.
[1785–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dry rot - a crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or fruit caused by a fungus
plant disease - a disease that affects plants
2.dry rot - a fungus causing dry rot
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
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