feather rot

feather rot

noun Pathology.
1.
a viral disease of birds that causes the feathers to become brittle and break off and the beak and claws to become soft.
2.
a disease of trees caused by a fungus, Poria subacida, and characterized by a spongy or stringy trunk.
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