rotting

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English rotynge (rotting), from Middle English rotung; equivalent to rot +‎ -ing. Conflated with Middle English rotende, present participle of roten (to rot), from Old English rotiende, present participle of rotian (to rot).

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rotting

  1. present participle of rot

Noun[edit]

rotting (plural rottings)

  1. The process by which something rots.
    • 1686, Robert Plot, The Natural History of Staffordshire (page 214)
      [] the mould on the boles of the other [trees], that lyes commonly there, and is made of the annual rottings of their own leaves.
  2. Material that has rotted.
    • Janice N. Harrington, Possum
      From the compost rinds and rottings, from the garbage peels, from the shadows' darkness, darkness, this guttered meal and all its redolence.

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