Definition of dry rot
1a : a decay of seasoned timber caused by fungi that consume the cellulose of wood leaving a soft skeleton which is readily reduced to powderb : a fungal rot of plant tissue in which the affected areas are dry and often firmer than normal or more or less mummified
2 : a fungus causing dry rot
3 : decay from within caused especially by resistance to new forces
Examples of dry rot in a sentence
The windowsill was badly damaged by dry rot.
Dry rot had eaten away part of the beam.
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DRY ROT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dry rot for English Language Learners
: a condition in which wood is destroyed by a type of fungus
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