foul·​brood | \ ˈfau̇(-ə)l-ˌbrüd How to pronounce foulbrood (audio) \

Definition of foulbrood

: a destructive disease of honeybee larvae caused by bacteria (such as Bacillus larvae)

Examples of foulbrood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike human inspectors, dogs don’t need the hives opened up to check them for foulbrood. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 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, "Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Clean Out Deceased Broods," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of foulbrood

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Foulbrood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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