Then, as they rot away, the child-bearing power of the fertile woman will be transferred to her.
"It certainly did rot away," remarked Arina Petrovna commiseratingly.
She had no right to doom a human soul to rot away in its clay.
Likewise the double teeth or grinders, either drop out, or rot away; so as now to be too few remaining to comminute solid food.
Every two years or so we are obliged to replace those crutches up there, otherwise they would all rot away.
They are all built of wood, and must be constantly patched and mended, and will rot away in a very few years.
It remained in view on the little shelf for nineteen years, while I sat there watching it rot away.
Another plan is to obtain a green Elder-stick, and rub the warts well with it, after which bury the stick to rot away in muck.
Then the flesh began to rot away, and the victim died within hours.
It should be a real house, with a red roof glistening in the sun, and an iron sink that would not rot away.
Old English rotian "to decay, putrefy," from Proto-Germanic *rutjan (cf. Old Saxon roton, Old Norse rotna, Old Frisian rotia, Middle Dutch roten, Dutch rotten, Old High German rozzen "to rot," German rößen "to steep flax"), from stem *rut-. Related: Rotted; rotting.
early 14c., from rot (v.) or of Scandinavian origin (cf. Icelandic rot, Swedish röta, Danish røde "decay, putrefaction"), from the root of the verb. Slang noun sense of "rubbish, trash" is from 1848.