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)

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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, "Realism of Harvard’s Glass Flowers still dazzles," 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, "Glass Models of Decaying Fruit Set to Go on View After Two Decades in Storage," 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, "The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach," 14 Aug. 2017

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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 26 Sep. 2020.

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