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sore shin

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noun Plant Pathology.
  1. a disease of plant seedlings, characterized by stem cankers that girdle the stem near the soil line, caused by any of several fungi, especially Rhizoctonia solani.

Origin of sore shin

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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