downy mildew

noun

Definition of downy mildew 

1 : any of various parasitic lower fungi (family Peronosporaceae) that produce whitish masses of sporangiophores or conidiophores on the undersurface of the leaves of the host

2 : a plant disease caused by a downy mildew

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Repeat applications of natural horticultural oils or soaps can normally control the mites and thrips but preventing downy mildew is going to take a fungicide. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Consistent care, pest control make keeping poinsettias manageable," 23 Dec. 2017 But the problem of downy mildew, which damaged the leaves and vines of the plant, wasn’t such a simple solve. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things)," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of downy mildew

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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