ear rot

noun

Definition of ear rot

: a condition of corn that is characterized by molding and decay of the ears and that is caused by fungi (genera Diplodia, Fusarium, or Gibberella)

First Known Use of ear rot

1926, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ear rot

Time Traveler for ear rot

Time Traveler

The first known use of ear rot was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ear rot

Cite this Entry

“Ear rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ear%20rot. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on ear rot

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ear rot

Comments on ear rot

What made you want to look up ear rot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!