: a genus of imperfect fungi (family Dematiaceae) that reproduce by terminally discharged endospores, one species (C. quercina) causing the destructive oak wilt disease

Word History


New Latin, from feminine singular of Greek chalaros slack, loose, from chalan to loosen, relax; akin to Greek kichanein to attain, reach

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“Chalara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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