AskDefine | Define blight

Dictionary Definition

blight

Noun

1 a state or condition being blighted
2 any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting v : cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold" [syn: plague]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /blaɪt/
  • /blaIt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪt

Noun

  1. any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts
  2. the bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition
  3. In the context of "by extension": anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life
plant disease
  • Russian: ожог, милдью
agent of this disease
anything that impedes growth or spoils something

Verb

  1. to suffer blight
  2. to cause to suffer blight
  3. to spoil or ruin (something)

Translations

to suffer blight
to cause to suffer blight
to spoil or ruin (something)

Extensive Definition

Blight refers to a specific symptom affecting plants in response to infection by a pathogenic organism. It is simply a rapid and complete chlorosis, browning, then death of plant tissues such as leaves, branches, twigs, or floral organs. Accordingly, many diseases that primarily exhibit this symptom are called blights. Several notable examples are: On leaf tissue, symptoms of blight are the initial appearance of lesions which rapidly engulf surrounding tissue. However, leaf spot may, in advanced stages, expand to kill entire areas of leaf tissue and thus exhibit blight symptoms.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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