a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi.
any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry.
any concealed or unsuspected inner decay.
Other definitions for dry-rot (2 of 2)
to undergo or cause to undergo the action or effects of dry rot.
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How to use dry rot in a sentence
A crust of conoidical shells covered the rock at certain points, the dry rot of the granite.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
The Spanish War had done more than give straps to a lot of civilians with pulls; it had eradicated the dry-rot from the Army.The Colonel of the Red Huzzars | John Reed Scott
It is infested by the dry rot, and ready to tumble about our ears without their immediate help.Thoughts on the Present Discontents | Edmund Burke
I have what goes with all artist-matter—long periods of dry-rot when having nothing ripe to write I write nothing.I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
Next to dry rot and vermin, a tenant with “a tongue” is the greatest enemy of the landlord of mean streets.The Law and the Poor | Edward Abbott Parry
British Dictionary definitions for dry rot
crumbling and drying of timber, bulbs, potatoes, or fruit, caused by saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungi
any fungus causing this decay, esp of the genus Merulius
moral degeneration or corrupt practices, esp when previously unsuspected
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