chalkbrood

noun

chalk·​brood ˈchȯk-ˌbrüd How to pronounce chalkbrood (audio)
: a disease of honeybees that is fatal to developing larvae and is caused by a fungus (Ascophaera apis)

Note: Larva affected with chalkbrood become covered by a white, woolly growth and then harden to a chalky white to grayish-black mass.

Examples of chalkbrood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this new study, the authors looked at whether propolis helped stop a fungal infection called chalkbrood that kills larvae. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2012 And when colonies got infected with chalkbrood, bees went looking for resins more often. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalkbrood was in 1974

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“Chalkbrood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalkbrood. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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