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

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Recent Examples on the Web Apples are susceptible to a whole bucket of diseases like powdery mildew, apple scab and anthracnose. oregonlive, "Now’s the time for pruning and spraying apple trees: Here are some tips," 11 Feb. 2020 Pass up American sycamore in favor of Mexican sycamore to escape infection by anthracnose. Calvin Finch,, "Now is the time to plant shade trees in your San Antonio garden," 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,, "Wet spring may have hurt some plants, but yards should be drying out now. And it might be time to .... water.," 10 July 2019 There are new cultivars of sycamores that show good resistance to anthracnose. Tim Johnson,, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 Good sanitation practices are key to helping control garden diseases such as anthracnose. Tim Johnson,, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 Sadly, dogwood trees are particularly susceptible to a fungal blight known as anthracnose. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018 Some of that early color change is caused by anthracnose, a fungal leaf disease caused by our wet spring. Joey Morona,, "MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell apologizes for expletive-filled rant," 21 Sep. 2017 Although inconsistent in flowering, the tree is well adapted to our climate and the leaves, blooms and fruit are tolerant of anthracnose. Noris Ledesma, miamiherald, "Taming the wild mango," 22 June 2017

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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 15 May. 2021.

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