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mildew

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noun mil·dew \ˈmil-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Simple Definition of mildew

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

Full Definition of mildew

  1. 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. 2 :  a discoloration caused by fungi

mil·dewy play \-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


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mildew

verb mil·dew

Definition of mildew

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to affect with or as if with mildew

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become affected with mildew



1606

First Known Use of mildew

1606


MILDEW Defined for Kids

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mildew

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noun mil·dew \ˈmil-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Definition of mildew

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

  2. 2 :  a fungus producing mildew




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mildew

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verb mil·dew

Definition of mildew

mil·dewedmil·dew·ing

  1. :  to become affected with mildew




Medical Dictionary

mildew

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noun mil·dew \ˈmil-ˌd(y)ü\

Medical Definition of mildew

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

  2. 2:  a fungus producing mildew




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