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phytophthora

[fahy-tof-ther-uh] /faɪˈtɒf θər ə/
noun
1.
any of a group of fungi of the genus Phytophthora, which cause a serious plant disease, especially affecting apple and pear trees and potatoes.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (1876), equivalent to Greek phyto- phyto- + -phthora, feminine of -phthoros, verbid of phtheírein to destroy
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