oak wilt

noun

: a destructive disease of oak trees that is caused by a fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum) and is characterized by wilting, discoloration, and defoliation

Examples of oak wilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For oak wilt, scale infestation, sapsucker and other animal damage, mistletoe invasion, chlorosis, canopy die-back, heavy gall growth, and other serious maladies, apply the Sick Tree Treatment, explained in detail under GUIDES on the home page of dirtdoctor.com. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 As with oak wilt, the cold will reduce the likelihood of spreading other pests and diseases. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 The oak wilt fungus is spread by a beetle that is attracted to open pruning wounds in trees and carries the spores from tree to tree. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 One of the worst is a fungal disease called oak wilt. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 Remember, too, that pruning work on oaks is best done before mid-February to lessen the chance of spread of oak wilt. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 Pruning mid-February through mid-August, when the oak wilt fungus is active, invites far bigger chances of infection. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 Just oaks, and only to prevent entry of the oak wilt fungus into the open wounds. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 All the white oaks are less susceptible to oak wilt than live oak and the red oaks. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oak wilt was in 1942

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“Oak wilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oak%20wilt. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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