• WordNet 3.6
    • v mildew become moldy; spoil due to humidity "The furniture molded in the old house"
    • n mildew a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic matter
    • n mildew the process of becoming mildewed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mildew (Bot) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.
    • v. i Mildew To become tainted with mildew.
    • v. t Mildew To taint with mildew; as, mildewed clothing. "He . . . mildews the white wheat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mildew A minute parasitic fungus which frequently appears on the leaves, stems, and various other parts of plants or other decaying organic substances as a white frost-like down, or in spots or with various discolorations. The name is more properly restricted to the Erysipheæ, or powdery mildews, and the Peronosporeæ, or downy mildews. The Uredineæ, of which Puccinia graminis, the cornmildew of England, is the type, are more properly rusts. (See rust, Uredineæ.) The mildews are among the most destructive fungi known. Peronospora viticola is the very destructive American downy mildew of the grape, and Uncinula ampelopstdis, of which the so-called Oīdium Tuckeri is the conidial form, is the powdery mildew of the grape. Phytophthora infestans mildew of the potato, causing the disease known as potatorot. Erysiphe communis is a very common mildew on various Legvminosæ, Ranunculaceæ, etc. The so-called mildew of linen is produced by a species of Cladosporium. See Cladosporium, Erysipheæ Peronosporeæ.
    • n mildew A state of decay produced in living and dead vegetable matter, and in some manufactured products of vegetable matter, such as cloth and paper, by the ravages of very minute parasitical fungi.
    • mildew To taint with mildew.
    • mildew To become affected with mildew.
    • n mildew A disease of cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and similar plants, caused by Plasmopara Cubensis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mildew mil′dū a disease on plants, caused by the growth of minute fungi
    • v.t Mildew to taint with mildew
    • v.i Mildew to become so tainted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. meledeáw,; akin to OHG. militou, G. mehlthau, mehltau,; prob. orig. meaning, honeydew; cf. Goth. milip, honey. See Mellifluous, and Dew


In literature:

Pale patches on the leaves are caused by mildew and are a sign of decay.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
It is a mildew which has blighted every region it has touched, from the creation of the world.
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
The rain, beating through from the southwest, mildewed the back sitting-room and the room above it.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
If damp clothes are hidden away they will mildew.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
An' the mildew on the weddin' cake warn't none of yore fault.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
RODWELL, J., poisoning of horses by mildewed tares, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
To remove stains in linen occasioned by mildew, mix some soft soap and powdered starch, half as much salt, and the juice of a lemon.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
They lay piled one upon another, covered with dust, mildewed, and worm-eaten.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 350, December 1844" by Various
He saw only dusty and mildewed chamber furnishings of an ancient massive style.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
As growth progresses, or if mildew appears, the frames are more and more ventilated.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Very bad are these mists for grape-vines, and produce mildew in many a fair cluster.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
To this order the hop mildew, rose mildew, and pea mildew belong.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
The fruit-books recommend the best varieties, and very open tops, as not exposed to mildew.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
For the fungus mildew, half an ounce of sulphide of potassium mixed in a gallon of water and applied by a syringe is recommended (Wright).
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
Look out for mildew.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The mildewed fellow who is dealing the cards is pestiferous with disease.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
Several tunics, rotten with mildew, hung across one of the three chairs about the table.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
Why were patches of damp and mildew suffered to injure these marvellous designs?
"Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier" by Charles James Lever
Something about it bent the young wheat to the ground where it mildewed and rotted.
"The Last Gentleman" by Rory Magill
His eyes were four inches from those mildewed pages, his nostrils reeked with the stench of them.
"Doom of the House of Duryea" by Earl Peirce

In poetry:

One talks of mildew and of frost,
And one of storms and hail,
And one of pigs that he has lost
By maggots at the tail.
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper
An angry shout, the bracing smell of tar,
Mysterious mildew on the wall…
And out comes a poem, light-hearted, tender,
To your delight and mine.
"I Have No Use For Odic Legions" by Anna Akhmatova
The time of year has grown indifferent.
Mildew of summer and the deepening snow
Are both alike in the routine I know:
I am too dumbly in my being pent.
"The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad" by Wallace Stevens
And two, when life's young leaves were green,
And hope's fair blossoms blushed between,
Fell, in the mildew of decay,
Like withered flowers upon the clay.
"Birkhill: A Memory" by Janet Hamilton
THE two were silent in a sunless church,
Whose mildewed walls, uneven paving-stones,
And wasted carvings passed antique research;
And nothing broke the clock's dull monotones.
"Her Dilemma" by Thomas Hardy
Pried up the great rock, rolled it over
The door with an oath and a stamp;
"Stay there under that little cover,
And die of the mildew and damp,"
He shouted, "or give me the lamp!"
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

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How to manage scab and mildew.
Nothing is worse than uncovering an RV after a long season in storage and finding mold or mildew.
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Grape growers treated mildew with sulfur.