mildew


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mil·dew

 (mĭl′do͞o′, -dyo͞o′)
n.
1.
a. Any of various fungi or oomycetes that form a superficial, usually whitish growth on plants and various organic materials.
b. A plant disease caused by such organisms.
2. A superficial coating or discoloration of organic materials, such as cloth, paper, or leather, caused by fungi, especially under damp conditions.
tr. & intr.v. mil·dewed, mil·dew·ing, mil·dews
To affect or become affected with mildew.

[Middle English mildeu, from Old English mildēaw, honeydew, nectar; see melit- in Indo-European roots.]

mil′dew′y adj.

mildew

(ˈmɪlˌdjuː)
n
1. (Plant Pathology) any of various diseases of plants that affect mainly the leaves and are caused by parasitic fungi. See also downy mildew, powdery mildew
2. (Plant Pathology) any fungus causing this kind of disease
3. (Botany) another name for mould2
vb
(Plant Pathology) to affect or become affected with mildew
[Old English mildēaw, from mil- honey (compare Latin mel, Greek mēli) + dēaw dew]
ˈmilˌdewy adj

mil•dew

(ˈmɪlˌdu, -ˌdyu)

n.
1. a disease of plants, characterized by a cottony, usu. whitish coating on the affected parts, caused by any of various fungi.
2. any of these fungi, esp. downy mildew or powdery mildew.
3. any similar coating or discoloration caused by fungi, as on fabrics, leather, etc., when exposed to moisture.
v.t., v.i.
4. to affect or become affected with mildew.
[before 1000; Middle English: honeydew, mildew; Old English mildēaw=mil- honey (akin to Latin mel, Greek méli) + dēaw dew]
mil′dew′y, adj.

mil·dew

(mĭl′do͞o′)
Any of various fungi that form a white or grayish coating on surfaces, such as plant leaves, cloth, or leather, especially under damp, warm conditions.

mildew


Past participle: mildewed
Gerund: mildewing

Imperative
mildew
mildew
Present
I mildew
you mildew
he/she/it mildews
we mildew
you mildew
they mildew
Preterite
I mildewed
you mildewed
he/she/it mildewed
we mildewed
you mildewed
they mildewed
Present Continuous
I am mildewing
you are mildewing
he/she/it is mildewing
we are mildewing
you are mildewing
they are mildewing
Present Perfect
I have mildewed
you have mildewed
he/she/it has mildewed
we have mildewed
you have mildewed
they have mildewed
Past Continuous
I was mildewing
you were mildewing
he/she/it was mildewing
we were mildewing
you were mildewing
they were mildewing
Past Perfect
I had mildewed
you had mildewed
he/she/it had mildewed
we had mildewed
you had mildewed
they had mildewed
Future
I will mildew
you will mildew
he/she/it will mildew
we will mildew
you will mildew
they will mildew
Future Perfect
I will have mildewed
you will have mildewed
he/she/it will have mildewed
we will have mildewed
you will have mildewed
they will have mildewed
Future Continuous
I will be mildewing
you will be mildewing
he/she/it will be mildewing
we will be mildewing
you will be mildewing
they will be mildewing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mildewing
you have been mildewing
he/she/it has been mildewing
we have been mildewing
you have been mildewing
they have been mildewing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mildewing
you will have been mildewing
he/she/it will have been mildewing
we will have been mildewing
you will have been mildewing
they will have been mildewing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mildewing
you had been mildewing
he/she/it had been mildewing
we had been mildewing
you had been mildewing
they had been mildewing
Conditional
I would mildew
you would mildew
he/she/it would mildew
we would mildew
you would mildew
they would mildew
Past Conditional
I would have mildewed
you would have mildewed
he/she/it would have mildewed
we would have mildewed
you would have mildewed
they would have mildewed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mildew - the process of becoming mildewed
spoiling, spoilage - the process of becoming spoiled
2.mildew - a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic mattermildew - a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic matter
powdery mildew - any of various fungi of the genus Erysiphe producing powdery conidia on the host surface
downy mildew, false mildew - any of various fungi of the family Peronosporaceae parasitic on e.g. grapes and potatoes and melons
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
Verb1.mildew - become moldy; spoil due to humidity; "The furniture molded in the old house"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
smut - become affected with smut; "the corn smutted and could not be eaten"
dry-rot - affect or be affected with dry rot

mildew

noun mould, damp The room smelt of mildew.
Translations
homehomehduttaahomehtua

mildew

[ˈmɪldjuː] N (on plants) → añublo m; (on food, leather etc) → moho m

mildew

[ˈmɪldjuː] n
(= mould) → moisi m
The room smelled of mildew → La pièce sentait le moisi.
(plant disease)mildiou m

mildew

nSchimmel m; (on plants) → Mehltau m
viverschimmeln, Schimmel ansetzen; (plants)von Mehltau befallen sein

mildew

[ˈmɪldjuː] nmuffa

mildew

n. moho, añublo.

mildew

n moho
References in classic literature ?
"Five are making compote (which meant compost), "four are shifting the oats for fear of a touch of mildew, Konstantin Dmitrievitch."
The first thing he did was to clean up some armour that had belonged to his great-grandfather, and had been for ages lying forgotten in a corner eaten with rust and covered with mildew. He scoured and polished it as best he could, but he perceived one great defect in it, that it had no closed helmet, nothing but a simple morion.
And you admit that every thing has a good and also an evil; as ophthalmia is the evil of the eyes and disease of the whole body; as mildew is of corn, and rot of timber, or rust of copper and iron: in everything, or in almost everything, there is an inherent evil and disease?
Ah, if I had only known then that he was only a common mortal, and that his mission had nothing more overpowering about it than the collecting of seeds and uncommon yams and extraordinary cabbages and peculiar bullfrogs for that poor, useless, innocent, mildewed old fossil the Smithsonian Institute, I would have felt so much relieved.
He let me pry about among a quantity of mildewed and musty manuscripts and I came across this.
It'll be a better world when we quit being fools about some mildewed town or ten acres of swampland just because we happened to be born there."
There's that striped room smells dreadful mouldy, and the glass mildewed like anything.
Her needle-work was seen on the ruff of the Governor; military men wore it on their scarfs, and the minister on his band; it decked the baby's little cap; it was shut up, to be mildewed and moulder away, in the coffins of the dead.
Here and there, a mildewed jessamine or honeysuckle hung raggedly from some ornamental support, which had been pushed to one side by being used as a horse-post.
This was horrible, and gave me a sickening idea of London: the more so as the Lord Chief Justice's proprietor wore (from his hat down to his boots and up again to his pocket-handkerchief inclusive) mildewed clothes, which had evidently not belonged to him originally, and which, I took it into my head, he had bought cheap of the executioner.
The yellow, mildewed pages of the diary of a man long dead, and the records of the Colonial Office dovetail perfectly with the narrative of my convivial host, and so I give you the story as I painstakingly pieced it out from these several various agencies.
So Tarzan came to his cabin unattended, and a few moments later was curled up in the mildewed remnants of what had once been a bed of grasses.