Sap-rot

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sap-rot sap′-rot dry-rot in timber.
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Usage

In literature:

But this superficial culture could not save the Roman Republic from the dry-rot that sapped her vitals from within.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Those refusing her leadership will, for lack of vital sap, die of dry rot.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
The entrenched filth that all day long sends its steaming rot through lane and dwelling, through bone and marrow, and saps away the life.
"Humanity in the City" by E. H. Chapin
The felling of trees when void of fresh sap, as a means of obviating the rotting of timber, is a practice of very ancient origin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
In a tree that is actually dead the sap-wood rots first.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes
Green things rotted as they grew; parasitic plants drained the sap from drooping boughs.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

The stubble dry ne'er grows again;
To golden grain it gave its sap.
It died, and then 'twas left by men
To rot betimes, or some mishap.
""Wilt Thou Harass A Driven Leaf?"" by Joseph Horatio Chant
The old are sapped and ripe to die,
But in the flush of Spring was I.
I might have fathered children ten,
To come to grips with sterling men;
And now a cross in weeds to rot,
Is all to show how fierce I fought.
"Two Graves" by Robert W Service
The deadnin' and the thicket's jes' a bilin' full of June,
Thum the rattle o' the cricket, to the yallar-hammer's tune;
And the catbird in the bottom, and the sap-suck on the snag,
Seems ef they cain't--od-rot'em!--jes' do nothin' else but brag!
"Romancin'" by James Whitcomb Riley