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- any of a number of plant diseases that produce a similar effect to that of scalding, especially a disease of fruit marked by browning and caused by excessive sunlight, bad storage conditions, or atmospheric pollution. See also sunscald.
Middle English (as a verb): from Anglo-Norman French escalder, from late Latin excaldare, from Latin ex- 'thoroughly' + calidus 'hot'. The noun dates from the early 17th century