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smut ball

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Definition of smut ball in English:

noun

A grain of wheat or another cereal affected by smut.
Example sentences
  • Each kernel becomes a spore filled ‘smut ball ‘that is enclosed by a thin membrane until plant maturity.’
  • The stinking smuts attacking wheat replace the grain with dark smut balls containing the fungus spores.
  • While smut balls may be removed by cleaning and recleaning seed, spores will still be carried on kernels.

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