verb (used with or without object)
Origin of mildew
Examples from the Web for mildew
If something of the mildew of time is stealing over the Waverley Novels, we must regard that as all but inevitable.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)|Leslie Stephen
But gradually I became aware of a hideous odor of mould and mildew, of must and damp decay that loaded the air with disgust.The Thing from the Lake|Eleanor M. Ingram
An old time and effectual remedy for mildew is to dip the stained cloth in butter-milk and lay in the sun.Clayton's Quaker Cook-Book|H. J. Clayton
In the curse upon the children of Israel for disobedience, we read that they are to be smitten with mildew.
If any indication of mildew appear an application of the flowers of sulphur, when the foliage is damp, will banish it.In-Door Gardening for Every Week in the Year|William Keane
British Dictionary definitions for mildew
Word Origin for mildew
Word Origin and History for mildew
mid-13c., mildeu "honeydew, nectar," from Old English meledeaw "honeydew" (sticky stuff exuded by aphids), from Proto-Germanic compound of *melith "honey" (see Melissa) + *dawwaz "dew" (see dew). Cf. Old Saxon milidou, Dutch meeldauw, German Meltau "mildew."
First element in many cases assimilated to forms of meal (n.2) "ground grain." As a kind of fungus it is first recorded mid-14c., so called from its being sticky and originally growing in plants. As a verb from 1550s. Related: Mildewed.