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black rot

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noun Plant Pathology.
  1. any of several diseases of fruits and vegetables, characterized by black discoloration and decay of affected parts, caused by fungi, as Guignardia bidwellii, or bacteria, as Xanthomonas campestris.

Origin of black rot

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for black rot

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  • Unfortunately the fruit is susceptible to black-rot and shrivels after ripening.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • When raised in humid climates it is subject to the attacks of mildew and black-rot.

  • Vulpina is less resistant to black-rot than stivalis but somewhat more resistant than Labrusca.

  • Downy-mildew, like black-rot, spreads most rapidly and does most injury in hot, wet weather.

  • The applications of bordeaux mixture recommended for black-rot are valuable in preventing the dead-arm disease.


British Dictionary definitions for black rot

black rot

noun
  1. any of various plant diseases of fruits and vegetables, producing blackening, rotting, and shrivelling and caused by bacteria (including Xanthomonas campestris) and fungi (such as Physalospora malorum)
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