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Other Smut Definition

[n] any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
[n] destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores
[n] a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
[v] affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
[v] become affected with smut, as of corn
[v] stain with a dirty substance, such as soot

Misc. Definitions

\Smut\, n. [Akin to Sw. smuts, Dan. smuds, MHG. smuz, G. schmutz, D. smet a spot or stain, smoddig, smodsig, smodderig, dirty, smodderen to smut; and probably to E. smite. See {Smite}, v. t., and cf. {Smitt}, {Smutch}.]
1. Foul matter, like soot or coal dust; also, a spot or soil made by such matter.
2. (Mining) Bad, soft coal, containing much earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of faults.
3. (Bot.) An affection of cereal grains producing a swelling which is at length resolved into a powdery sooty mass. It is caused by parasitic fungi of the genus {Ustilago}. {Ustilago segetum}, or {U. Carbo}, is the commonest kind; that of Indian corn is {Ustilago maydis}.
4. Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity. He does not stand upon decency . . . but will talk smut, though a priest and his mother be in the room. --Addison. {Smut mill}, a machine for cleansing grain from smut.
\Smut\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smutted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smutting}.]
1. To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance.
2. To taint with mildew, as grain. --Bacon.
3. To blacken; to sully or taint; to tarnish.
4. To clear of smut; as, to smut grain for the mill.
\Smut\, v. i.
1. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted. --Mortimer.
2. To give off smut; to crock.

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