an·​thrac·​nose | \ an-ˈthrak-ˌnōs How to pronounce anthracnose (audio) \

Definition of anthracnose

: any of numerous destructive plant diseases caused by imperfect fungi and characterized especially by necrotic lesions

Examples of anthracnose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove cankered limbs from fruit and nut trees for control of diseases such as apple anthracnose and bacterial canker of stone fruit. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 These symptoms along with dry, crumbly fruit are clues that diseases, like anthracnose and spur blight, have moved into your raspberry patch. Melinda Myers, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 This looks like the fungal disease called anthracnose. oregonlive, 8 May 2021 Apples are susceptible to a whole bucket of diseases like powdery mildew, apple scab and anthracnose. oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2020 Pass up American sycamore in favor of Mexican sycamore to escape infection by anthracnose. Calvin Finch,, 24 Oct. 2019 Above ground, fungal diseases such as rose rust, powdery mildew, and anthracnose in sycamores thrive in moisture on the leaves and stems of trees, shrubs and perennials. Beth Botts,, 10 July 2019 There are new cultivars of sycamores that show good resistance to anthracnose. Tim Johnson,, 26 June 2018 Good sanitation practices are key to helping control garden diseases such as anthracnose. Tim Johnson,, 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of anthracnose

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthracnose

borrowed from French, from Greek anthrak-, ánthrax "charcoal, dark red precious stone, dark skin lesion" + nósos "disease" — more at anthrax, nosology

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“Anthracnose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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