mildew

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mildewe, from Old English meledēaw, mildēaw, from Proto-West Germanic *milidauw, from *mili (honey) +‎ *dauw (dew). Compare West Frisian moaldau, Dutch meeldauw, German Mehltau. More at dew.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɪl.djuː/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɪl.d(j)u/

Noun[edit]

mildew (uncountable)

  1. (phytopathology) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.

Descendants[edit]

  • French: mildiou
  • Portuguese: míldio

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Verb[edit]

mildew (third-person singular simple present mildews, present participle mildewing, simple past and past participle mildewed)

  1. (transitive) To taint with mildew.
  2. (intransitive) To become tainted with mildew.

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