dry-rot

Definitions

  • Dry-rot Fungus
    Dry-rot Fungus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dry-rot affect or be affected with dry rot
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dry-rot a decay of timber caused by fungi which reduce it to a dry, brittle mass:
    • Dry-rot (fig.) a concealed decay or degeneration
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dr['y]ge; cf. Dut. droog, Ger. trocken.

Usage

In literature:

If your plants are set too deep they rot, if too high they dry, if not well firmed they fail.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
He tends to fortify us against the dry rot of business, the seductions of social pleasures, the pride of wealth and position.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Then ah tuk somethin like the dry rot.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The French army is being moth-eaten by the Socialists, the British navy has dry rot.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Either he dries up or he rots.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He hated the dry-rot like poison, and could not rest till he had ripped up every board and rafter that harboured it.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
Many a ruined life began its downfall in the dry rot of a perverted imagination.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
When dry, the stalks were watered to rot the leaves and softer fibres.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Love of money is starting a dry rot in the land of the gods.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
It drives men to dry-rot.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
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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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