Corn-smut

corn smut

noun
a disease of corn caused by a fungus, Ustilago maydis, and characterized by blackish, powdery masses of spores on the affected parts of the plant.

Origin:
1880–85

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corn smut
 
n
1.  an ascomycetous parasitic fungus, Ustilago zeae, that causes gall-like deformations on maize grain
2.  the condition produced by this fungus

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