Definition for smuts (2 of 2)
- a disease of plants, especially cereal grasses, characterized by the conversion of affected parts into black, powdery masses of spores, caused by fungi of the order Ustilaginales.
- a fungus causing this disease.
verb (used with object), smut·ted, smut·ting.
verb (used without object), smut·ted, smut·ting.
Origin of smut
OTHER WORDS FROM smutan·ti·smut, adjectiveun·smut·ted, adjective
Examples from the Web for smuts
Lloyd George is fascinatingly magnetic in and out of the spotlight while Smuts is more coldly logical.
He has put upon record the sinister fact that the man entrusted with the execution of this infamous design was Mr. Smuts himself.Lord Milner's Work in South Africa|W. Basil Worsfold
A few days later some of Smuts's men made an attempt upon the railway near Bank, but were driven off with twenty-six casualties.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
Smuts did not attend but various members of his Cabinet did.
No one can have contact with Smuts without feeling at once his intense admiration for America.
British Dictionary definitions for smuts (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for smuts (2 of 2)
- any of various fungal diseases of flowering plants, esp cereals, in which black sooty masses of spores cover the affected parts
- any parasitic basidiomycetous fungus of the order Ustilaginales that causes such a disease