soft rot

noun

Definition of 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 Sometimes these split-open roots are attacked by soft rot bacteria. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Tips for controlling woolly beech aphids," 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, "Everything You Need To Know To Grow Beautiful Carrots," 30 Aug. 2017 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, "Everything You Need To Know To Grow Beautiful Carrots," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of soft rot

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Soft rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft%20rot. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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