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fire blight

noun, Plant Pathology
1.
a disease of pears, apples, quinces, etc., characterized by blossom, twig, and fruit blight and stem cankers, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora.
Origin of fire blight
1740-1750
1740-50; from the burnt look of the foliage
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fire blight

noun
1.
a disease of apples, pears, and similar fruit trees, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora and characterized by blackening of the blossoms and leaves, and cankers on the branches
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