apple rust

noun

Definition of apple rust

1 : any of several diseases caused by fungi of the genus Gymnosporangium especially : a destructive fungal disease especially of the apple but also attacking pears and quinces that is caused by a rust (G. juniperi-virginianae) having its pycnial and aecial stages on the leaves and fruit of the apple and the telial stage on species of Juneperus, especially a common red cedar (J. virginiana)
2 : the fungus causing apple rust

called also cedar apple rust, cedar rust

— compare cedar apple

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“Apple rust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apple%20rust. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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