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Mildew

/ˈmilˌd(y)o͞o/ Noun 1. A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances. (wiktionary.org) 2. A fungi in the order Erysiphales. It is also used more generally to mean mold growth. (wikipedia.org) 3. A whitish coating of minute fungal hyphae, growing on plants or damp organic material. (Google Dictionary) 4. Any of various fungi that form a superficial, usually whitish growth on plants and various organic materials. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language) 5. A superficial coating or discoloration of organic materials, such as cloth, paper, or leather, caused by fungi, especially under damp conditions. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language) 6. A plant disease caused by such fungi. (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language) Verb 1. Affect or be affected with mildew. (Google Dictionary) Word origin: From Old English meledeaw “honeydew” (sticky stuff exuded by aphids), from Proto-Germanic compound of *melith “honey” + *dawwaz...

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