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dry rot

noun
1.
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.
2.
any concealed or unsuspected inner decay.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95

dry-rot

[drahy-rot] /ˈdraɪˌrɒt/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), dry-rotted, dry-rotting.
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo the action or effects of dry rot.
Origin
1865-70
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Examples for dry-rot
  • There was an uncomely dry-rot smell about him that even he could smell.
British Dictionary definitions for dry-rot

dry rot

noun
1.
crumbling and drying of timber, bulbs, potatoes, or fruit, caused by saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungi
2.
any fungus causing this decay, esp of the genus Merulius
3.
moral degeneration or corrupt practices, esp when previously unsuspected
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