dry rot

Definitions

  • Dry-rot Fungus
    Dry-rot Fungus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dry rot a fungus causing dry rot
    • n dry rot a crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or fruit caused by a fungus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dry rot a decay of timber, reducing its fibers to the condition of a dry powdery dust, often accompanied by the presence of a peculiar fungus (Merulius lacrymans), which is sometimes considered the cause of the decay; but it is more probable that the real cause is the decomposition of the wood itself. D. C. Eaton. Called also sap rot, and, in the United States, powder post.
    • Dry rot (Bot) See under Dry.
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Usage

In literature:

I'm dying of dry rot, that's what's the matter.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
But the name was against it, and dry rot set in.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
It is rot, what you call dry rot, to die.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
The dry rot of prudence hath eaten the ship of fools to dust: she is no more seaworthy.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
The whole passage required careful walking, to avoid dangerous holes, and thin, dry-rotting boards.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
As far as my reading has taken me, it seems to be the dry-rot of nations.
"The World Peril of 1910" by George Griffith
My object is to keep it so dry that it can neither heat nor rot.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
I hated being poor; and I hated worse the dry rot of that little faculty circle.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
Wasn't I just after tellin' ye there ain't no worse dry-rot for a soldier?
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
There are difficulties connected with the floors on or near the ground, by reason of the dry rot incident to such places.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888" by Various
So every precaution must be taken against dampness and dry-rot.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
The ideas our grandmothers held, the lives they led, would kill us of dry rot.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
It is a choking fungus, a dry rot, a creeping palsy!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It is the only thing that will prevent what is known as the "dry-rot" from attacking her timbers.
"Harper's Young People, June 15, 1880" by Various
Where He Makes the Acquaintance of Dust, Dry Rot and Deschamps.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
But that had been better than the dry-rot of an escape from righteous punishment.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
In truth it looked as if New Constantinople was doomed to die of dry rot.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Green things shriveling in the heat, and dried and rotted underbrush.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Besides, still again, he was here in Prague incognito, his job to trace the sources of this dry rot, not to run down individual Czechs.
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The immigration campaign was lifted out of the routine and dry rot into which it had fallen.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
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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
Little Vandal, smash away!
Riot while your blood is hot!—
If into the world each day
Such as you are entered not,
It would perish of dry-rot.
"Tamerlane" by Victor James Daley
The artist caught us at the turning;
we smiled in our canvas home
before we chose our foreknown separate ways.
The dry redfur fox coat was made for burning.
I rot on the wall, my own
Dorian Gray.
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton

In news:

This summer's hot, dry weather may have favored the development of corn ear rots, warns Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota plant pathologist.
Unlike most other fungal diseases, which infect the crop when there is moisture present and temperatures are warm, charcoal rot is most prevalent when the weather is dry and blazing hot.
If the wood isn't rotted , it can be dried without having it rot .
Blame dry soil for blossom end rot .
Dry core rot develops in the orchard.
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