- any imperfect fungus of the genus Botrytis, having the conidia in grapelike bunches: a major cause of plant disease.
- noble rot.
Origin of botrytis
< New Latin (1832) < Greek bótry(s) bunch of grapes + New Latin -(ī)tis -itis
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Species of Mucor, Botrytis, and other fungi, may also be met with.Disease in Plants
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The Botrytis infestans, "attacks the leaves and stems of potatoes."
Snowdrops are sometimes attacked with a kind of mildew known scientifically as Botrytis galanthina.Beautiful Bulbous Plants
They were covered with mould, consisting chiefly of a species of Mucor, and one also of Botrytis or Botryosporium.
The final or culminating cause of the disease known as the "potato-rot" is Botrytis (peronospora) infestans.The $100 Prize Essay on the Cultivation of the Potato; and How to Cook the Potato</p>
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- any of a group of fungi of the genus Botrytis, several of which cause plant diseases
- winemaking a fungus of this genus, Botrytis cinerea, which causes noble rot
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