root rot

noun

Definition of root rot

: any of various plant diseases characterized by decay of the roots and caused especially by fungi

Examples of root rot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soggy soil or standing water can mean the plant dies from root rot. oregonlive, 9 Jan. 2022 The bottoms of the pots should be above the water level to avoid root rot. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2021 That can cause root rot, and no one wants that for their plants. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 That can cause root rot, and no one wants that for their plants. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 That can cause root rot, and no one wants that for their plants. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 That can cause root rot, and no one wants that for their plants. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 That can cause root rot, and no one wants that for their plants. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 That can cause root rot, and no one wants that for their plants. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of root rot

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of root rot was in 1831

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2022

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“Root rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/root%20rot. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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