chestnut blight

noun

Definition of chestnut blight

: a destructive disease of the American chestnut marked by cankers of the bark and cambium and caused by an imported fungus (Endothia parasitica synonym Cryphonectria parasitica)

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Recent Examples on the Web And in 1904, US foresters began planting Japanese chestnuts to cultivate for wood, bringing chestnut blight to their North American cousins, which were ill-equipped to fight the fungus; by 1940, most adult chestnuts were gone. Lauren Markham, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 The killer was chestnut blight, a fungus native to China and Japan that was introduced with ornamental Japanese chestnuts in the early 1900s. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 The American chestnut, the chinquapin’s more famous cousin that was also decimated by chestnut blight, is undergoing a genetic concession that Bost refuses to make. Robert Langellier, National Geographic, 24 June 2019 With the help of other Ozarkers, Bost has located 45 large trees that have resisted chestnut blight, mostly in Missouri and Arkansas. Robert Langellier, National Geographic, 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of chestnut blight

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chestnut blight was circa 1909

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24 Oct 2021

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“Chestnut blight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chestnut%20blight. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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