soft rot

nounPlant Pathology.
  1. a disease of fruits and vegetables, characterized by a soft, watery decay of affected parts, caused by any of several bacteria or fungi.

Origin of soft rot

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby soft rot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use soft rot in a sentence

  • Note:—There are three well defined diseases affecting gladiolus bulbs during growth and in storage, soft rot, hard rot, and scab.

    The Gladiolus | Matthew Crawford
  • If they are kept in too warm and wet a place, the heads will decay fast, in a black, soft rot.

British Dictionary definitions for soft rot

soft rot

  1. any of various bacterial or fungal plant diseases characterized by watery disintegration of fruits, roots, etc

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