mildew
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈmɪl.djuː/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmɪl.d(j)u/
Noun

mildew (uncountable)

  1. (plant disease) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.
Translations Verb

mildew (mildews, present participle mildewing; past and past participle mildewed)

  1. (transitive) To taint with mildew.
    • 1605, The Tragedy of King Lear, William Shakespeare, act 3 scene 4
      He […] mildews the white wheat.
  2. (intransitive) To become tainted with mildew.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 3
      His bald purplish head now looked for all the world like a mildewed skull.
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