late blight


noun Plant Pathology.

a disease of plants, especially potatoes, celery, etc., characterized by spotting, blighting, and withering or decay of the entire plant, caused by any of several fungi, as Phytophthora infestans or Septoria apii.

Nearby words

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  7. late charge,
  8. late greek,
  9. late hebrew,
  10. late in life

Origin of late blight

First recorded in 1900–05

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Science definitions for late blight

late blight

[ lāt ]

A disease of potato plants caused by the oomycete organism Phytophthora infestans and characterized by decay of the foliage and tubers. An outbreak of late blight led to widespread famine in Ireland in 1845-1850.
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