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dry rot

Plant Pathology.
  1. a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi.
  2. any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry.
any concealed or unsuspected inner decay.
Origin of dry rot


[drahy-rot] /ˈdraɪˌrɒt/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), dry-rotted, dry-rotting.
to undergo or cause to undergo the action or effects of dry rot.
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A crust of conoidical shells covered the rock at certain points, the dry rot of the granite.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • In truth it looked as if New Constantinople was doomed to die of dry rot.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • But, like some fair-looking houses or fair-looking ships, he took the dry rot.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Love of money is starting a dry rot in the land of the gods.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • Civil war in America; universal hara-kiri in Europe; the dry rot of wealth wasting itself in self-indulgence.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
  • I think it's going to keep me from dyin' of dry rot, which I've always been afeard of.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • The beams of the staircase and the flooring of the first story have got the dry rot.

    The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
  • Dozed: a piece of timber is dozed when there is a dry rot in the heart of it.

  • We'll feel the wind fresher when she draws out from the land, and there's a streak of dry rot in her mainmast round the partners.

    Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss
  • Portion of the mycelium of dry rot or tear fungus, Merulius lachrymans.

    Wood and Forest William Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for dry rot

dry rot

crumbling and drying of timber, bulbs, potatoes, or fruit, caused by saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungi
any fungus causing this decay, esp of the genus Merulius
moral degeneration or corrupt practices, esp when previously unsuspected
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