an·​thrac·​nose an-ˈthrak-ˌnōs How to pronounce anthracnose (audio)
: 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 Common diseases that can impact Ann include leaf spot, anthracnose, powdery mildew, and canker. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 7 May 2024 Remove diseased material Extreme heat, humidity, and drought can increase a plant’s susceptibility to black spot, anthracnose, and other diseases. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 Thinning and browning leaves can indicate anthracnose, while reddish stems can indicate rust. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 There are new cultivars of sycamores that show good resistance to anthracnose. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2023 The tree is not susceptible to the anthracnose that has plagued many native dogwoods. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 31 July 2023 The evolution of anthracnose had nullified several years of scientific work. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 16 June 2023 The only rose in my garden that gets anthracnose in the spring is Neil Diamond. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 But spot anthracnose is different. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthracnose was in 1877

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“Anthracnose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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