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root rot

noun, Plant Pathology.
a symptom or phase of many diseases of plants, characterized by discoloration and decay of the roots.
any disease so characterized.
Origin of root rot
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Both are associated with and are probably a cause of the root-rot of the cherry and other orchard fruits.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The former is more suited to the moister soils and wherever there is danger of root-rot, and the latter to the drier soils.

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