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blue stem

noun, Plant Pathology.
a disease of raspberries and blackberries, characterized by blue discoloration of the stem, wilting, and discoloration and decay of the roots, caused by a fungus, Verticillium alboatrum. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To Dallas, laying the blue-stem of the swale, the hours of the morning went slowly.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • That night I camped between two large sand hills and made my bed in a tall bunch of blue-stem grass.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo

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