sooty mold

noun

Definition of sooty mold

: a dark growth of fungus mycelium growing in insect honeydew on plants also : any of various ascomycetous fungi (order Dothideales) producing such growth

Examples of sooty mold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both secrete honeydew, the sugar-water waste common to sap-feeding insects, which is dulling the leaf appearance and probably cultivating a bit of sooty mold. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 Sep. 2022 The ground below and a few concrete blocks around the unwelcome traveler’s new home are covered in sooty mold, the substance that takes over as the honeydew, which also attracts bees and wasps because of its sugar content, decays. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 The black material is growth of a sooty mold, a type of fungus which feeds on this residue. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 1 Sep. 2022 The combination of sticky honeydew and black sooty mold makes an unsightly mess challenging to remove. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 This liquid forms a sooty mold, discoloring or killing plants. Liliana Webb, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 Honeydew lands on homes, cars, decks and outdoor equipment, like grills, and is a growth medium for sooty mold — an unsightly fungus. CBS News, 6 July 2022 Black sooty mold fungus grows in the honeydew substrate. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 1 July 2022 Honeydew lands on homes, cars, decks and outdoor equipment, like grills, and is a growth medium for sooty mold — an unsightly fungus. CBS News, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sooty mold

1901, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

25 Sep 2022

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“Sooty mold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sooty%20mold. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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