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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. 2018.
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  • If they are kept in too warm and wet a place, the heads will decay fast, in a black, soft rot.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for soft rot

soft rot

any of various bacterial or fungal plant diseases characterized by watery disintegration of fruits, roots, etc
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