verticillium-wilt

verticillium wilt

[vur-tuh-sil-ee-uhm]
noun Plant Pathology.
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:
1940–45; < Neo-Latin Verticillium a fungus genus; see verticil, -ium

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