chestnut blight

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chestnut blight

n.
A disease of chestnut trees caused by a fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) that is especially destructive to the American chestnut, characterized by cankers that kill the branches and trunk.

chest′nut blight`



n.
a disease of chestnut trees caused by a fungus, Endothia parasitica, characterized by bark lesions that eventually girdle the trunk and kill the tree.
[1905–10, Amer.]
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Noun1.chestnut blight - a disease of American chestnut trees
blight - any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
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Scientists now have reason to hope that the majestic trees, once widespread throughout North America but virtually eliminated by the Asiatic blight fungus Cryphonectria parasitica, formerly known as Endothia parasitica, might return blight resistant.
In 1904, an epidemic known as the "chestnut blight" caused by an Asian fungal agent, Endothia parasitica, resulted in the near extinction of the American chestnut" (p.
Scientists now have reason to hope that the majestic trees, once widespread throughout North America but virtually eliminated by the Asiatic blight fungus Eryphonectria parasitica, formerly known as Endothia parasitica, might return blight resistant.