dry-rot


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Verb1.dry-rot - affect or be affected with dry rot
mildew, mold - become moldy; spoil due to humidity; "The furniture molded in the old house"
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Iron, if kept at the ironmonger's, will rust; beer, if not brewed in the right state of the atmosphere, will sour; timber of ships will rot at sea, or if laid up high and dry, will strain, warp and dry-rot; money, if kept by us, yields no rent and is liable to loss; if invested, is liable to depreciation of the particular kind of stock.
Sparrows were there, cats were there, dry-rot and wet-rot were there, but it was not otherwise a suggestive spot.
She had dwelt too much alone,--too long in the Pyncheon House, --until her very brain was impregnated with the dry-rot of its timbers.