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verb (used with or without object), dry-rot·ted, dry-rot·ting.
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo the action or effects of dry rot.
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Origin of dry-rot

First recorded in 1865–70

dry rot

  1. Plant Pathology.
    1. a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi.
    2. any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry.
  2. any concealed or unsuspected inner decay.
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Origin of dry rot

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples

  • It is the only thing that will prevent what is known as the "dry-rot" from attacking her timbers.

    Harper's Young People, June 15, 1880


  • But that had been better than the dry-rot of an escape from righteous punishment.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • As far as my reading has taken me, it seems to be the dry-rot of nations.

  • So every precaution must be taken against dampness and dry-rot.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • A species of dry-rot appeared to have broken out in Liberalism.

British Dictionary definitions for dry-rot

dry rot

  1. crumbling and drying of timber, bulbs, potatoes, or fruit, caused by saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungi
  2. any fungus causing this decay, esp of the genus Merulius
  3. moral degeneration or corrupt practices, esp when previously unsuspected
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