verticillium wilt

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.

1940–45; < Neo-Latin Verticillium a fungus genus; see verticil, -ium Unabridged
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