bo·​try·​tis bō-ˈtrī-təs How to pronounce botrytis (audio)
: any of a genus (Botrytis) of imperfect fungi having botryoidal conidia and including several serious plant pathogens

Examples of botrytis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This method is used for some of the greats like Sauternes and Tokaji and is caused by a fungus called botrytis cinerea that grows once a grape is fully ripe (this is where the term ‘botrytized wine’ comes from). Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 Unaffected grapes are first harvested in September to make the base wine and other grapes stay on the vine to become inoculated with botrytis. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2023 Brown spots on flowers are caused by botrytis blights. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 16 June 2023 This high humidity moisture fosters the occurrence of botrytis and supports its growth. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2023 This sounds like botrytis blight. oregonlive, 21 May 2022 Diseases that can affect 'Berry White' hydrangeas include botrytis blight, caused by damp, cold conditions without much sunlight; bacterial leaf spot, and powdery mildew, which looks like white powder on leaves. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Dec. 2022 The second week was cold and rainy and brought black rot (botrytis). Tom Hyland, Forbes, 11 July 2022 But at harvest, at the right time on the right grapes, the right type of botrytis shrivels the grapes to concentrate the juice. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek botrys

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of botrytis was in 1751

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“Botrytis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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