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botrytis

Line breaks: bo|try¦tis
Pronunciation: /bəˈtrʌɪtɪs
 
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Definition of botrytis in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A greyish powdery mould which causes a number of plant diseases and is deliberately cultivated (as noble rot) on the grapes used for certain wines.
Example sentences
  • Always lusciously sweet, these wines are made from grapes infected by botrytis, or ‘noble rot,’ which concentrates the sugars and lends aromas of honey and apricots.
  • Wines labelled as Sélection des Grains Nobles, however, nearly always contain a proportion of grapes affected by botrytis, or noble rot.
  • But the heat also was so dry that it inhibited in many German vineyards the growth of botrytis, the ‘noble rot’ that makes great dessert wines.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek botrus 'cluster of grapes'.

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