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melaxuma

[ mel-uh-koo-muh, -uh-zoo-, -uhk-soo- ]
/ ˌmɛl əˈku mə, -əˈzu-, -əkˈsu- /
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noun Plant Pathology.

a disease of trees, especially walnuts, characterized by an inky-black liquid oozing from the affected twigs, branches, and trunk, and by bark cankers, caused by any of several fungi, as Dothiorella gregaria.

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Origin of melaxuma

1930–35; <New Latin, irregular <Greek mélā(s) black + chýma fluid (with x- representing Greek ch-)
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