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Other Mildew Definition

[n] a fungus that produces a superficial (usually white) growth on organic matter
[n] the process of becoming mildewed
[v] become moldy; spoil due to humidity; "The furniture molded in the old house"

Synonyms

mold, mold

Misc. Definitions

\Mil"dew\, n. [AS. melede['a]w; akin to OHG. militou, G. mehlthau, mehltau; prob. orig. meaning, honeydew; cf. Goth. milip honey. See {Mellifluous}, and {Dew}.] (Bot.) A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.
\Mil"dew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mildewed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mildewing}.] To taint with mildew. He . . . mildews the white wheat. --Shak.
\Mil"dew\, v. i. To become tainted with mildew.

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