Blight

  • 1Blight — 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 …

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  • 2blight — blight; blight·ed; blight·er; blight·ing; blight·ing·ly; un·blight·ed·ly; …

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  • 3Blight — (bl[imac]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blighting}.] [Perh. contr. from AS. bl[=i]cettan to glitter, fr. the same root as E. bleak. The meaning to blight comes in that case from to glitter, hence, to be white or pale, grow… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4blight — [blīt] n. [? akin to ME blichening, blight, rust (on grain) < bliknen, to lose color < ON blikja, turn pale: see BLEACH] 1. any atmospheric or soil condition, parasite, or insect that kills, withers, or checks the growth of plants 2. any of …

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  • 5Blight — Blight, v. i. To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6Blight — Blight, n. 1. Mildew; decay; anything nipping or blasting; applied as a general name to various injuries or diseases of plants, causing the whole or a part to wither, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or atmospheric influences. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7blight — blīt n Austral an inflammation of the eye in which the eyelids discharge a thick mucous substance that often seals them up for days and minute granular pustules develop inside the lid called also sandy blight …

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  • 8blight — n blast, nip (see under BLAST vb) Analogous words: *injury, damage, hurt, harm: frustration, thwarting (see corresponding verbs at FRUSTRATE) blight vb *blast, nip Analogous words: *injure, damage, hurt, harm, s …

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  • 9blight — [n] disease; plague affliction, bane, blot on the landscape*, canker, contamination, corruption, curse, decay, dump, evil, eyesore, fungus, infestation, mildew, pest, pestilence, pollution, rot, scourge, sight, withering, woe; concepts 306,674… …

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  • 10blight — ► NOUN 1) a plant disease, especially one caused by fungi. 2) a thing that spoils or damages something. 3) ugly or neglected urban landscape. ► VERB 1) infect (plants) with blight. 2) spoil or destroy. ORIGIN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11blight|ed — «BLY tihd», adjective. afflicted with blight; blasted: »A blighted spring makes a barren year (Samuel Johnson). Figurative. A blighted area is a district of a city that is on the way toward becoming a slum (Emory S. Bogardus) …

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  • 12Blight|y — or Blight|y «BLY tee», noun. British Slang. 1. England; home (used originally by soldiers on foreign service). 2. a wound that sends a soldier home. ╂[< Hindustani bilāyatī foreign, European < Arabic wilāyat province, government] …

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  • 13blight|y — or Blight|y «BLY tee», noun. British Slang. 1. England; home (used originally by soldiers on foreign service). 2. a wound that sends a soldier home. ╂[< Hindustani bilāyatī foreign, European < Arabic wilāyat province, government] …

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  • 14blight — index calamity, casualty, damage, decay, destroy (efface), disaster, distress (anguish) …

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  • 15blight|er — «BLY tuhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that blights. 2. British Slang. a) a contemptible man; scoundrel: »One day the District Attorney will bring the smug blighter to book for some of his questionable devices (Listener). b) any man; fellow: »the …

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  • 16blight — 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… …

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  • 17blight — n. 1) to cast, put a blight on, upon 2) a potato blight 3) urban blight 4) a blight on (a blight on one s honor) * * * [blaɪt] put a blight on upon a potato blight to cast urban blight a blight on (a blight on one s honor) …

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  • 18blight — blight1 [blaıt] n 1.) [singular,U] an unhealthy condition of plants in which parts of them dry up and die 2.) [singular] something that makes people unhappy or that spoils their lives or the environment they live in blight on ▪ Her guilty secret… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19blight — {{11}}blight (n.) 1610s, origin obscure; according to OED it emerged into literary speech from the talk of gardeners and farmers, perhaps ultimately from O.E. blæce, blæcðu, a scrofulous skin condition and/or from O.N. blikna become pale. Used in …

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  • 20Blight — 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… …

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