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brown rot

noun, Plant Pathology
any plant disease, especially of apples, peaches, plums, and cherries, characterized by browning and decay of tissues, caused by various fungi and bacteria.
Origin of brown rot
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for brown rot
  • Diseases include blossom blight and brown rot of stone fruit.
  • Bacterial canker and brown rot of stone fruit are serious diseases.
  • Ailments you may encounter include peach leaf curl and brown rot of stone fruit.
  • As is the case of peach, sanitation is essential for controlling brown rot.
  • In one year, evidence showed that brown rot disease was significantly reduced when compost was used.
British Dictionary definitions for brown rot

brown rot

a disease of apples, peaches, etc, caused by fungi of the genus Sclerotinia and characterized by yellowish-brown masses of spores on the plant surface
decay of timber caused by the action of fungi on the cellulose
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brown rot in Science
brown rot  
Any of several plant diseases, especially a disease of peach, plum, cherry, and related plants, caused by an ascomycete fungus and characterized by wilting and browning of the flowers and leaves and rotting of the fruits.
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