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rotten, decaying

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rosy finch, rosy pastor, roszak, roszak, theodore, rosé, rot, rot., rota, rota bed, rotachute, rotameter

Origin of rot

before 900; (v.) Middle English rot(t)en, Old English rotian, cognate with Frisian rotsje, Dutch rotten; (noun) Middle English, perhaps < Old Norse rot (perhaps partly derivative of the v.); cf. ret, rotten)
SYNONYMS FOR rot
Related formshalf-rot·ted, adjectiveun·rot·ted, adjective

Synonym study

1. See decay.
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British Dictionary definitions for rotting (1 of 2)

rot

1
/ (rɒt) /

verb rots, rotting or rotted

noun

Word Origin for rot

Old English rotian (vb); related to Old Norse rotna . C13 (noun), from Scandinavian

British Dictionary definitions for rotting (2 of 2)

rot

2

abbreviation for

rotation (of a mathematical function)
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Science definitions for rotting

rot

[ rŏt ]

Verb

To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay.

Noun

Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria or fungi.
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