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1mildew

noun mil·dew \ˈmil-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

: a usually white substance that grows on the surface of things in wet, warm conditions

Full Definition of MILDEW

1
a :  a superficial usually whitish growth produced especially on organic matter or living plants by fungi (as of the families Erysiphaceae and Peronosporaceae)
b :  a fungus producing mildew
2
:  a discoloration caused by fungi
mil·dewy \-ē\ adjective

Examples of MILDEW

  1. The basement's damp walls were covered with mildew.

Origin of MILDEW

Middle English, from Old English meledēaw honeydew; akin to Old High German militou honeydew
First Known Use: 14th century

2mildew

verb

Definition of MILDEW

transitive verb
:  to affect with or as if with mildew
intransitive verb
:  to become affected with mildew

First Known Use of MILDEW

1606
MILDEW Defined for Kids

1mildew

noun mil·dew \ˈmil-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Definition of MILDEW for Kids

1
:  a thin whitish growth produced by a fungus especially on decaying material or on living plants
2
:  a fungus producing mildew

2mildew

verb
mil·dewedmil·dew·ing

Definition of MILDEW for Kids

:  to become affected with mildew
Medical Dictionary

mildew

noun mil·dew \ˈmil-ˌd(y)ü\

Medical Definition of MILDEW

1
:  a superficial usually whitish growth produced especially on organic matter or living plants by fungi (as of the families Erysiphaceae and Peronosporaceae)
2
:  a fungus producing mildew
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