dry-rot

verb

Definition of dry-rot

transitive verb
:to affect with dry rot
intransitive verb
:to become affected with dry rot

First Known Use of dry-rot

1870


dry rot

noun

Definition of dry rot

1 a :a decay of seasoned timber caused by fungi that consume the cellulose of wood leaving a soft skeleton which is readily reduced to powder
b :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

  1. The windowsill was badly damaged by dry rot.

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

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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