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wilt1

[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
2.
to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.:
to wilt after a day's hard work.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to wilt.
noun, Also, wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
4.
the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted:
a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
5.
Plant Pathology.
  1. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
  2. a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
6.
a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; dialectal variant of wilk to wither, itself variant of welk, Middle English welken, probably < Middle Dutch welken; compare German welk withered
Synonyms
2. wane, droop; ebb, weaken.

wilt2

[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb, Archaic.
1.
second person singular present ind. of will1 .

Wiltshire

[wilt-sheer, -sher] /ˈwɪlt ʃɪər, -ʃər/
noun
1.
Also, Wilts
[wilts] /wɪlts/ (Show IPA)
. a county in S England. 1345 sq. mi. (3485 sq. km). County seat: Salisbury.
2.
one of an English breed of white sheep having long, spiral horns.
3.
Also called Wiltshire cheese. a cylindrical, semihard cheese, moister and flakier than cheddar.
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British Dictionary definitions for wilts

Wilts

/wɪlts/
abbreviation
1.
Wiltshire

wilt1

/wɪlt/
verb
1.
to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or drooping: insufficient water makes plants wilt
2.
to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
3.
(transitive) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse
noun
4.
the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
5.
any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots
Word Origin
C17: perhaps variant of wilk to wither, from Middle Dutch welken

wilt2

/wɪlt/
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will1

Wiltshire

/ˈwɪltʃə; -ˌʃɪə/
noun
1.
a county of S England, consisting mainly of chalk uplands, with Salisbury Plain in the south and the Marlborough Downs in the north; prehistoric remains (at Stonehenge and Avebury); became a unitary authority in 2009: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Swindon unitary authority (established in 1997). Administrative centre: Trowbridge. Pop (excluding Swindon): 440 800 (2003 est). Area (excluding Swindon): 3481 sq km (1344 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for wilts

wilt

v.

1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

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Encyclopedia Article for wilts

wilt

common symptom of plant disease resulting from a water loss in leaves and stems. Affected parts lose their turgidity and droop. Specific wilt diseases-caused by a variety of fungi, bacteria, and viruses-are easily confused with root and crown rots, stem cankers, insect injuries, drought or excess water, soil compaction, and other noninfectious problems.

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