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British Dictionary definitions for wet rot

wet rot

noun
  1. a state of decay in timber caused by various fungi, esp Coniophora puteana. The hyphal strands of the fungus are seldom visible and affected timber turns dark brown
  2. any of the fungi causing this decay
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  • Sparrows were there, cats were there, dry-rot and wet-rot were there, but it was not otherwise a suggestive spot.

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • Spicaria, Fusisporium, various moulds, and bacteria may all be associated with wet-rot.

    Disease in Plants

    H. Marshall Ward