late blight
noun Date: 1900 a disease of solanaceous plants (as the potato and tomato) that is caused by a fungus (Phytophthora infestans) and is characterized by decay of stems, leaves, and in the potato also of tubers

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  • late blight — noun blight in which symptoms appear late in the growing season especially a disease of solanaceous plants caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans • Hypernyms: ↑blight • Hyponyms: ↑celery blight * * * noun : a blight of plants in which… …   Useful english dictionary

  • late blight — Plant Pathol. a disease of plants, esp. potatoes, celery, etc., characterized by spotting, blighting, and withering or decay of the entire plant, caused by any of several fungi, as Phytophthora infestans or Septoria apii. [1900 05] * * * ▪ plant… …   Universalium

  • late blight — /leɪt ˈblaɪt/ (say layt bluyt) noun a serious disease of potatoes caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans …   Australian English dictionary

  • Blight — refers to a specific symptom affecting plants in response to infection by a pathogenic organism. It is simply a rapid and complete chlorosis, browning, then death of plant tissues such as leaves, branches, twigs, or floral organs. [Agrios, George …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — This interesting surname is often confused with the surname Bligh and Blythe . It is not clear why this should be so. Blight derives from the Olde English pre 6th century baptismal or given name Blitha , which means Merry or Gentle , and as such… …   Surnames reference

  • early blight — noun : any of several blights of plants in which symptoms appear early in the season: as a. : a leaf spot especially of the potato and tomato that is caused by a fungus (Alternaria solani) compare late blight b. : a leaf spot of celery caused by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • celery blight — noun a fungous leaf spot disease of the celery plant • Hypernyms: ↑late blight * * * noun : early blight, late blight, or bacterial blight of celery or a combination of these …   Useful english dictionary

  • irish blight — noun Usage: usually capitalized I : late blight …   Useful english dictionary

  • Great French Wine Blight — The Great French Wine Blight was a severe blight of the mid 19th century that destroyed many of the vineyards in France and laid to waste the wine industry. It was caused by an aphid (the actual genus of the aphid is still debated, although it is …   Wikipedia

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