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1. Any of various fungi of the genus Botrytis responsible for numerous diseases of fruits and vegetables.
2. Noble rot.
[New Latin, genus name, from Greek botrus, bunch of grapes.]
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1. (Plants) any of a group of fungi of the genus Botrytis, several of which cause plant diseases
2. (Brewing) winemaking a fungus of this genus, Botrytis cinerea, which causes noble rot
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. any imperfect fungus of the genus Botrytis, characterized by spores that cluster in grapelike bunches.
2. Also called botry′tis rot`. any disease of plants caused by a botrytis fungus.
[< New Latin (1832) < Greek bótry(s) bunch of grapes + New Latin -(ī)tis -itis]
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