Definitions for mildewˈmɪlˌdu, -ˌdyu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mil•dewˈmɪlˌdu, -ˌdyu(n.)

  1. a disease of plants, characterized by a cottony, usu. whitish coating on the affected parts, caused by any of various fungi.

    Category: Plant Pathology

  2. any of these fungi, esp. downy mildew or powdery mildew.

    Category: Fungi

  3. any similar coating or discoloration caused by fungi, as on fabrics, leather, etc., when exposed to moisture.

    Category: Fungi

  4. (v.i.)to affect or become affected with mildew.

Origin of mildew:

bef. 1000; ME: honeydew, mildew; OE mildēaw=mil- honey (akin to L mel, Gk méli) +dēawdew


Princeton's WordNet

  1. mildew, mold, mould(noun)

    the process of becoming mildewed

  2. mildew(verb)

    a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic matter

  3. mold, mildew(verb)

    become moldy; spoil due to humidity

    "The furniture molded in the old house"


  1. mildew(Noun)

    A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.

  2. mildew(Verb)

    To taint with mildew.

    He . . . mildews the white wheat. --William Shakespeare

  3. mildew(Verb)

    To become tainted with mildew.

  4. Origin: meledeaw (cf. West Frisian moaldau, Dutch meeldauw, German Mehltau), compound of 'honey' and 'dew'. More at dew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mildew(noun)

    a growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances

  2. Mildew(verb)

    to taint with mildew

  3. Mildew(verb)

    to become tainted with mildew


  1. Mildew

    In horticulture, mildew is fungi in the order Erysiphales. It is also used more generally to mean mold growth. In Old English, it meant honeydew, and later came to mean mildew in the modern sense of mold or fungus.


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