Mildew

Definition of Mildew

Mil´dew
n.1.(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.
v. t.1.To taint with mildew; as, mildewed clothing.
[imp. & p. p. Mildewed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mildewing.]
He . . . mildews the white wheat.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To become tainted with mildew.

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