fire blight

noun Plant Pathology.
  1. a disease of pears, apples, quinces, etc., characterized by blossom, twig, and fruit blight and stem cankers, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora.

Origin of fire blight

First recorded in 1740–50; from the burnt look of the foliage
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Examples from the Web for fire blight

Historical Examples of fire blight

  • 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

  • You have perhaps heard your father speak of the "fire-blight" of pear and apple trees.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • The fire-blight bacteria grow in the juicy part of the stem, between the wood and the bark.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • A large pear-grower once said that no man with a sharp knife need fear the fire-blight.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett


British Dictionary definitions for fire blight

fire blight

noun
  1. 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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