foulbrood

noun

foul·​brood ˈfau̇(-ə)l-ˌbrüd How to pronounce foulbrood (audio)
: a destructive disease of honeybee larvae caused by bacteria (such as Bacillus larvae)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Food and Drug Administration, one of the main sources of a honey bee's death is the American foulbrood disease. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 23 June 2022 Phytochemicals have even been shown to inhibit the bacteria that cause European and American foulbrood, the latter of which is so devastating and contagious that burning whole hives is recommended to prevent its spread. Berly Mccoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 Unlike human inspectors, dogs don’t need the hives opened up to check them for foulbrood. New York Times, 3 July 2018 The insects are afflicted by scourges ranging from varroosis (caused by mites) to the bacterial disease American foulbrood. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foulbrood was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Foulbrood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foulbrood. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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