a disease of pears, apples, quinces, etc., characterized by blossom, twig, and fruit blight and stem cankers, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora.
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How to use fire blight in a sentence
As to the fire blight there has been absolutely none at this station the season just passed.
Mr. Andrews: If the ground is rich and under thorough cultivation it does tend to cause fire blight.
Ask your teacher to show you a case of fire-blight on a pear or apple tree.Agriculture for Beginners | Charles William Burkett
I have a whole orchard of pears and there has never been a trace of fire-blight.The Affable Stranger | Peter McArthur
Of course they had no reason to sue us because the damage was clearly done by fire-blight.The Affable Stranger | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for fire blight
a disease of apples, pears, and similar fruit trees, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora and characterized by blackening of the blossoms and leaves, and cankers on the branches
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