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Dry rot   /draɪ rɑt/   Listen
Dry rot

A crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or fruit caused by a fungus.
A fungus causing dry rot.

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"Dry rot" Quotes from Famous Books

... correspondingly risen. That there is only too much reason for the change, the course of the war has given ample proof, and therein lies the hope of Britain's future. The war will reveal to the British both their strength and weakness, and if the war does not destroy the dry rot in the land, then it is merely the precursor ...
— What Germany Thinks - The War as Germans see it • Thomas F. A. Smith

... than he the importance of art of all kinds, but especially of literary art, for the uplifting of a nation. No one saw more distinctly the absolute necessity of its fullest recognition in a moneymaking age and in a money-making land, if the spread of the dry rot of moral deterioration were to be prevented. The ampler horizon it presented, the loftier ideals it set up, the counteracting agency it supplied to the sordidness of motive and act which, left unchecked, was certain to overwhelm the national ...
— Baddeck and That Sort of Thing • Charles Dudley Warner

... was in command, as "iron-sick"; the wood was too rotten, that is, to hold the iron bolts, so that "not a man in the ship had a dry place to sleep in." His men were "tumbling down with scurvy"; his mainmast was so pulverised by dry rot that a walking-stick could be thrust into it. Of another ship, the Ramilies—his favourite ship, too—he says, "It became water-logged whenever it blowed hard." The ships' bottoms grew a rank crop of grass, slime, shells, barnacles, &c., till the sluggish vessels needed almost ...
— Deeds that Won the Empire - Historic Battle Scenes • W. H. Fitchett

... passing, lies perhaps the secret of the dry rot that too often settles on our American art schools. We, for some unknown reason, do not take the work of native painters seriously, nor encourage them in proportion to their merit. In consequence they retain but a feeble hold upon ...
— The Ways of Men • Eliot Gregory

Words linked to "Dry rot" :   plant disease, fungus

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