bleeding canker

noun

Definition of bleeding canker

: a disease of hardwoods (such as maples) caused by a fungus (Phytophthora cactorum), characterized by the exudation of a reddish ooze from small cracks in cankers on the trunk and branches, and leading to wilting and branch dieback

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“Bleeding canker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleeding%20canker. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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