potato blight


Definition of potato blight

: any of several destructive fungus diseases of the potato

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But even he had been affected by the potato blight that had begun to devastate Ireland two years earlier. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 Because nothing says fun like a college freshman's fifth Irish Car Bomb, the pseudo Gaelic pub proliferates across the north side like potato blight. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "The eratz Irish pub is the starkest failure of originality in Chicago drinking culture," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of potato blight

1845, in the meaning defined above

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