verticillium wilt

noun
ver·​ti·​cil·​li·​um wilt | \ ˌvər-tə-ˈsi-lē-əm- How to pronounce verticillium wilt (audio) \

Definition of verticillium wilt

: a wilt disease of various plants that is caused by a soil-borne imperfect fungus (genus Verticillium)

Examples of verticillium wilt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But one by one, suspects (verticillium wilt, bacteria, root rot, beetles, blight, leaf hoppers) were crossed off the list. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 Some diseases, such as verticillium wilt and Dutch elm disease, interfere with the flow of water within a tree’s trunk and branches, cutting off the water supply to the leaves and leading to leaf scorch. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 Similarly, verticillium wilt is caused by a soil fungus and affects the movement of water through a plant. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "What's behind dying branches on one side of a maple?," 11 Sep. 2017 There is no chemical control for verticillium wilt, but your tree may grow out of it. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "What's behind dying branches on one side of a maple?," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of verticillium wilt

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for verticillium wilt

New Latin Verticillium, from verticillus

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“Verticillium wilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verticillium%20wilt. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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