soft rot


: a mushy, watery, or slimy decay of plants or their parts caused by bacteria or fungi

Examples of soft rot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This jack-o'-lantern carved from a pumpkin with a preexisting fungal disease, southern blight, is showing symptoms of soft rot, especially around the nose and eye. Matt Kasson, CBS News, 10 Oct. 2022 Sometimes these split-open roots are attacked by soft rot bacteria. oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2020 Hot, humid weather causes a bacterial disease called vegetable soft rot. Prevent it by rotating crops and keeping soil loose. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soft rot was in 1886

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“Soft rot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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