brown rot

noun

Definition of brown rot

: a disease of stone fruits (such as peaches) caused by a fungus (genus Monilinia and especially M. fructicola)

Examples of brown rot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the decaying lot is an apricot showing signs of brown rot caused by a fungus, a strawberry covered in mold, and a bruised pear, all in great detail. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2019 The 20 or so specimens featured in the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s upcoming Fruits in Decay exhibition suffer from an array of ailments: among others, peach leaf curl, pear scab, gray mold, brown rot, blue mold and fire blight. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 29 Aug. 2019 In the early 1900s large quantities of fruit were condemned and discarded when market inspectors found entire car lots infected with brown rot, a fungal disease that can devastate stone fruit crops. William Thomas Okie, Smithsonian, 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of brown rot

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Brown rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20rot. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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