chestnut blight

noun Plant Pathology.

a disease of chestnuts, especially the American chestnut, characterized by bark lesions that girdle and eventually kill the tree, caused by a fungus, Endothia parasitica.

Nearby words

  1. chesterfield, philip dormer stanhope, 4th earl of,
  2. chesterfieldian,
  3. chesterton,
  4. chesterton, g. k.,
  5. chestnut,
  6. chestnut bottle,
  7. chestnut clam,
  8. chestnut coal,
  9. chestnut oak,
  10. chesty

Origin of chestnut blight

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019