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brown rot

noun Plant Pathology.
  1. any plant disease, especially of apples, peaches, plums, and cherries, characterized by browning and decay of tissues, caused by various fungi and bacteria.
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Origin of brown rot

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for brown rot

Historical Examples

  • It has the reputation of being quite susceptible to brown-rot.

    The Peaches of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • The fruits are too tender for shipment and very subject to brown-rot.

  • For a peach of its season, Schumaker is remarkably free from brown-rot.

  • As grown on the Station grounds the fruits are very susceptible to brown-rot.

  • It resembles Triumph but is larger and freer from leaf-curl and brown-rot.

British Dictionary definitions for brown rot

brown rot

  1. a disease of apples, peaches, etc, caused by fungi of the genus Sclerotinia and characterized by yellowish-brown masses of spores on the plant surface
  2. decay of timber caused by the action of fungi on the cellulose
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brown rot in Science

brown rot

  1. Any of several plant diseases, especially a disease of peach, plum, cherry, and related plants, caused by an ascomycete fungus and characterized by wilting and browning of the flowers and leaves and rotting of the fruits.
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