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dry rot

noun

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

Full Definition of DRY ROT

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
:  a fungus causing dry rot
3
:  decay from within caused especially by resistance to new forces
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Examples of DRY ROT

  1. The windowsill was badly damaged by dry rot.
  2. Dry rot had eaten away part of the beam.

First Known Use of DRY ROT

1795

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