late blight

noun

: a disease of solanaceous plants (such as the potato and tomato) that is caused by a fungus (Phytophthora infestans) and is characterized by decay of stems, leaves, and in the potato also of tubers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Spray potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Within these genebanks, researchers have already identified a gene in wild potatoes that could help breed modern varieties to withstand late blight, the world’s most damaging disease for potato crops. Claudia Sadoff, Fortune, 23 Dec. 2021 Coastal and Western valleys: Spray susceptible varieties of potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of late blight was in 1893

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“Late blight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/late%20blight. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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