fire blight
noun Date: 1750 a destructive infectious disease especially of apples, pears, and related fruits caused by a bacterium (Erwinia amylovora)

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  • fire-blight — fireˈ blight noun A bacterial disease of fruit trees, giving a scorched appearance • • • Main Entry: ↑fire …   Useful english dictionary

  • fire blight — fire′ blight n. ppa a disease of fruit trees, esp. of pears and apples, that blackens the foliage and is caused by a bacterium Erwinia amylovora[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • fire blight — ☆ fire blight n. a disease of fruit trees, as the pear or apple, caused by a bacterium (Erwinia amylovora): it kills the branches and blackens the leaves …   English World dictionary

  • fire blight — noun a disease blackening the leaves of pear and apple trees • Syn: ↑pear blight • Hypernyms: ↑leaf blight • Hyponyms: ↑blight canker * * * noun 1. : a destructive highly infectious disease of …   Useful english dictionary

  • fire blight — Plant Pathol. a disease of pears, apples, quinces, etc., characterized by blossom, twig, and fruit blight and stem cankers, caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora. [1740 50; from the burnt look of the foliage] * * * ▪ disease  plant disease… …   Universalium

  • Fire blight — Taxobox color = lightgrey name = Erwinia amylovora regnum = Bacteria phylum = Proteobacteria classis = Gamma Proteobacteria ordo = Enterobacteriales familia = Enterobacteriaceae genus = Erwinia species = E. amylovora binomial = Erwinia amylovora… …   Wikipedia

  • fire blight — noun a bacterial plant disease that mainly affects apples, pears and some other members of the Rosaceae family …   Wiktionary

  • fire blight — /ˈfaɪə blaɪt/ (say fuyuh bluyt) noun a plant disease which particularly affects pears, apples, quinces, etc., caused by a bacterium, Erwinia amylovora, and causing the blossom, twigs and fruit to wither. Also, fireblight. {from the burnt look of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • blight — blightingly, adv. /bluyt/, n. 1. Plant Pathol. a. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues. b. a disease so characterized. 2. any cause of impairment, destruction, ruin, or frustration: Extravagance was the… …   Universalium

  • blight canker — noun a phase of fire blight in which cankers appear • Hypernyms: ↑fire blight, ↑pear blight * * * noun : a phase of fire blight characterized by cankers …   Useful english dictionary

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