- to undergo or cause to undergo the action or effects of dry rot.
Origin of dry-rot
First recorded in 1865–70
- Plant Pathology.
- a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi.
- any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry.
- any concealed or unsuspected inner decay.
Origin of dry rot
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for dry-rot
It is the only thing that will prevent what is known as the "dry-rot" from attacking her timbers.
But that had been better than the dry-rot of an escape from righteous punishment.The Prisoner
As far as my reading has taken me, it seems to be the dry-rot of nations.The World Peril of 1910
So every precaution must be taken against dampness and dry-rot.Tales of the Malayan Coast
A species of dry-rot appeared to have broken out in Liberalism.British Political Leaders
- crumbling and drying of timber, bulbs, potatoes, or fruit, caused by saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungi
- any fungus causing this decay, esp of the genus Merulius
- moral degeneration or corrupt practices, esp when previously unsuspected
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