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dry rot

noun

Simple Definition of dry rot

  • : a condition in which wood is destroyed by a type of fungus

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dry rot

  1. 1 a :  a decay of seasoned timber caused by fungi that consume the cellulose of wood leaving a soft skeleton which is readily reduced to powder b :  a fungal rot of plant tissue in which the affected areas are dry and often firmer than normal or more or less mummified

  2. 2 :  a fungus causing dry rot

  3. 3 :  decay from within caused especially by resistance to new forces

Examples of dry rot in a sentence

  1. The windowsill was badly damaged by dry rot.

  2. Dry rot had eaten away part of the beam.



1795

First Known Use of dry rot

1795


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