Try Our Apps


The saddest words

soft rot

noun, Plant Pathology.
a disease of fruits and vegetables, characterized by a soft, watery decay of affected parts, caused by any of several bacteria or fungi.
Origin of soft rot
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for soft rot
Historical Examples
  • Note:—There are three well defined diseases affecting gladiolus bulbs during growth and in storage, soft rot, hard rot, and scab.

    The Gladiolus Matthew Crawford
  • If they are kept in too warm and wet a place, the heads will decay fast, in a black, soft rot.

British Dictionary definitions for soft rot

soft rot

any of various bacterial or fungal plant diseases characterized by watery disintegration of fruits, roots, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for soft rot

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for soft

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for soft rot