dry rot

dry rot
noun Date: 1795 1. a. a decay of seasoned timber caused by fungi that consume the cellulose of wood leaving a soft skeleton which is readily reduced to powder b. a fungal rot of plant tissue in which the affected areas are dry and often firmer than normal or more or less mummified 2. a fungus causing dry rot 3. decay from within caused especially by resistance to new forces

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  • Dry rot — Dry Dry (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. {Drier}; superl. {Driest}.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr[ o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. {Drought}, {Drouth}, 3d {Drug}.] 1. Free from moisture;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dry rot — Rot Rot, n. 1. Process of rotting; decay; putrefaction. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A disease or decay in fruits, leaves, or wood, supposed to be caused by minute fungi. See {Bitter rot}, {Black rot}, etc., below. [1913 Webster] 3. [Cf. G. rotz… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dry Rot — Données clés Réalisation Maurice Elvey Scénario John Roy Chapman Acteurs principaux Ronald Shiner Brian Rix Peggy Mount Sociétés de production Remus Films Ltd. Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dry rot — n. 1. a fungous decay causing seasoned timber to become brittle and crumble to powder 2. a similar fungous disease of plants, fruits, and vegetables 3. any of various fungi causing such decay 4. any internal moral or social decay, thought of as… …   English World dictionary

  • dry rot — dry′ rot′ n. 1) ppa a) a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi b) ppa any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry 2) any concealed or… …   From formal English to slang

  • dry rot — n [U] a disease in wood that turns it into powder …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dry rot — noun uncount a disease that destroys wood …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dry rot — ► NOUN ▪ a fungus causing decay of wood in poorly ventilated conditions …   English terms dictionary

  • Dry rot — This entry refers to the term dry rot rather than any given species of fungi or specific process of material degradation. As noted, the term is applied to different species of fungi in different regions. For the 1956 film, see Dry Rot (film)… …   Wikipedia

  • dry rot — noun 1. a crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or fruit caused by a fungus • Hypernyms: ↑plant disease 2. a fungus causing dry rot • Hypernyms: ↑fungus * * * DRY ROT stimulated the following associations: no …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry-rot — verb affect or be affected with dry rot • Hypernyms: ↑mold, ↑mildew • Verb Frames: Something s Something s something * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ verb Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

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