dry rot

noun

Definition of dry rot

  1. 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. 2 :  a fungus causing dry rot

  3. 3 :  decay from within caused especially by resistance to new forces

Examples of dry rot in a sentence

  1. The windowsill was badly damaged by dry rot.

  2. Dry rot had eaten away part of the beam.

1795

First Known Use of dry rot

1795


DRY ROT Defined for English Language Learners

dry rot

noun

Definition of dry rot for English Language Learners

  • : a condition in which wood is destroyed by a type of fungus

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