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black knot

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noun Plant Pathology.
  1. a disease of plants, especially of plums and cherries, characterized by black knotlike overgrowths on the branches, twigs, etc., caused by a fungus, Dibotryon morbosa.

Origin of black knot

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • Happily, black-knot may be controlled by cutting out the diseased wood.

    The Cherries of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • The branches are very liable to disfigurement by the black-knot and the foliage by the tent-caterpillar.

  • The fungus is also related to the black-knot fungus on the plum, but its life-history is not yet known.


British Dictionary definitions for black knot

black knot

noun
  1. a fungal disease of plums and cherries caused by Dibotryon morbosum, characterized by rough black knotlike swellings on the twigs and branches
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