water mold


: any of various fungi of water or moist soils

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That sounds like one of the water mold funguses. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 26 Nov. 2020 This is a water mold that spreads below ground by root contacts and swimming spores in soil water. oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2022 It’s a water mold fungus that splashes on the stems during rainstorms and careless irrigation. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 2 July 2021 These include ganoderma applanatum, large bracket mushrooms that cause wood decay; armillaria, a fungal root-rot; phytophthora, a destructive water mold and hypoxylon, a fast-growing fungal canker. Juhi Varma, Houston Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2020 The pathogen was eventually identified as Phytophthora ramorum, a water mold that requires extended cool, moist conditions to best spread. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 12 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of water mold was in 1882

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“Water mold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20mold. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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