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potato blight

noun
  1. a devastating disease of potatoes produced by the oomycete Phytophthora infestans and the cause of the Irish potato famine of the mid-19th century
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Historical Examples

  • The direct effects of the potato-blight of 1845 were not so serious as had been expected.

    A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)

    Charles Creighton

  • Botany and chemistry being powerless to stay the effects of the potato-blight, the appeal was next to economics.

  • The forecast of Malthus was repeated in his own way by Cobbett, although neither of them foresaw the potato-blight as the means.