corn smut

corn smut
noun
a smut fungus attacking Indian corn
Syn: ↑cornsmut
Hypernyms: ↑smut, ↑smut fungus
Hyponyms: ↑boil smut, ↑Ustilago maydis
Member Holonyms: ↑Ustilaginaceae, ↑family Ustilaginaceae

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noun
: a smut attacking Indian corn — compare boil smut, head smut

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a disease of corn caused by a fungus, Ustilago maydis, and characterized by blackish, powdery masses of spores on the affected parts of the plant.
[1880-85]

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corn smut,
1. a disease in growing corn produced by a fungus that fills the grains with black, sootlike, powdery spores.
2. this fungus, once used medicinally.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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