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dry rot

dry rot

 
pronunciation:
draI rat
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fungus decay of seasoned timber that causes it to become brittle and crumble into a dry powder, or the fungus causing this decay.
definition 2: a similar fungus disease attacking living plants.
similar words:
rot
definition 3: any internal social or moral stagnation or decay resulting from a lack of fresh ideas or initiatives.