from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as pear-blight (which see, under blight).
  • noun See pear-blight, under blight.
  • noun A disease of flax and hops.


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  • And on the Geneva farm there are Gala apple trees with a gene inserted for fire-blight resistance; they could be ready for growers by 2005.

    An Apple A Day Keeps The Genetic Engineers Busy 2008

  • The _fire-blight_, or _brulure_ in pear-trees can be stopped by cutting off all the blighted branches.

    American Woman's Home Harriet Beecher Stowe 1853

  • The _fire-blight_, or _brûlure_, in pear trees, can be stopped, by cutting off all the blighted branches.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School Catharine Esther Beecher 1839

  • The hired man skins the tree with the harrow; fire runs through the dry grass; hard winters shatter the vitality, and parts of the tree die; borers enter; rabbits and mice gnaw the bark in winter; loads of fruit and burdens of ice crush the tree; wind storms play mischief; bad pruning leaves long stubs, and rot develops; cankers produce dead ragged wounds; fire-blight destroys the tissue; a poorly formed tree with bad crotches splits easily; grafts fail to take, and long dead ends are left; the tree is injured by pickers; vandals wreak their havoc.

    The Apple-Tree The Open Country Books—No. 1 1906


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