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bitter rot

noun, Plant Pathology.
1.
a disease of apples, grapes, and other fruit, characterized by cankers on the branches or twigs and bitter, rotted fruit, caused by any of several fungi.
Origin of bitter rot
1860-1865
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65
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