mildew

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mildew \Mil"dew\, noun [AS. melede['a]w; akin to OHG. militou, G. mehlthau, mehltau; prob. orig. meaning, honeydew; cf. Goth. milip honey. See {Mellifluous}, and {Dew}.] (Bot.) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.

{powdery mildew} a fungal disease of plants caused by an ascomycete of the order {Erysiphales}, characterized by a powdery white film on the surface of the affected plants. It is damaging to, e.g., roses and lilacs. Also, a fungus that causes such a disease. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mildew \Mil"dew\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Mildewed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mildewing}.] To taint with mildew; as, mildewed clothing.

He . . . mildews the white wheat. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mildew \Mil"dew\, verb (used without an object) To become tainted with mildew.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mildew

noun

1: the process of becoming mildewed [syn: {mildew}, {mold}, {mould}]

2: a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic matter

verb

1: become moldy; spoil due to humidity; "The furniture molded in the old house" [syn: {mold}, {mildew}]


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