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bitter rot

noun, Plant Pathology.
a disease of apples, grapes, and other fruit, characterized by cankers on the branches or twigs and bitter, rotted fruit, caused by any of several fungi.
Origin of bitter rot
1860-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ripe-rot or bitter-rot (Glomerella rufomaculans) is a disease due to the same fungus causing the bitter-rot of the apple.

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