chestnut blight

nounPlant Pathology.
  1. 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.

Origin of chestnut blight

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

Words Nearby chestnut blight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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