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[an-thrak-nohs] /ænˈθræk noʊs/
noun, Plant Pathology
a disease of plants characterized by restricted, discolored lesions, caused by a fungus.
Origin of anthracnose
1885-90; < French; see anthrac-, noso- Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthracnose
  • The culprit was anthracnose, a fungal disease best known for infecting mangoes.
  • Non-native plant diseases include dogwood anthracnose, sycamore anthracnose, and chestnut blight.
  • Although this growth may appear to be vigorous and healthy, it makes dogwoods more vulnerable to dogwood anthracnose.
  • The leaf disease, anthracnose, is commonly seen when the spring weather is cool and wet.
  • In addition to leaf damage, scientists suspect that pear thrips can transmit a fungal disease, maple anthracnose.
British Dictionary definitions for anthracnose


any of several fungus diseases of plants and trees, such as vines and beans, characterized by oval dark depressed spots on the fruit and elsewhere
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek anthrax coal, carbuncle + nosos disease
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