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verticillium wilt

[vur-tuh-sil-ee-uh m] /ˌvɜr təˈsɪl i əm/
noun, Plant Pathology
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a disease affecting many temperate-climate plants in hot weather, caused by soil-inhabiting fungi of the genus Verticillium and characterized by wilt, dulling or yellowing of leaf color, and withering near the base.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; < New Latin Verticillium a fungus genus; see verticil, -ium
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