brown rot

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noun Plant Pathology.

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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British Dictionary definitions for brown rot

brown rot

noun

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
decay of timber caused by the action of fungi on the cellulose
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Science definitions for brown rot

brown rot

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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