Definition of dry rot in English:

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dry rot

noun

1 [mass noun] Fungal timber decay occurring in poorly ventilated conditions in buildings, resulting in cracking and powdering of the wood.
Example sentences
  • Ironically, the rest of the building is in good condition apart from some dry rot in the North Aisle where a temporary floor has been put down.
  • There was other, direct, evidence of dry rot in the timbers of the building.
  • Apparently the building is full of dry rot and has to come down.
2 (also dry rot fungus) The fungus that causes dry rot decay.
  • Serpula lacrymans, family Corticiaceae, class Hymenomycetes.
Example sentences
  • The distortion I saw was a rippling effect in the surface of the joinery caused by shrinkage of the timber as the dry rot fungus destroyed the internal wood.
  • The department's response was that the responsibility for the eradication of the dry rot lay with the school authorities despite the fact that the department paid for the eradication of a previous outbreak.
  • The dry rot has now entered the wainscot surrounding the lower part of the ground floor walls.

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