Meaning of “dry rot” in the English Dictionary

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"dry rot" in British English

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dry rotnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdraɪ ˈrɒt/ us /ˌdraɪ ˈrɑːt/

Examples from literature

  • If there is dry rot, the beam will often crumble under a slight pressure of the fingers. 
  • In the next paper it is proposed to deal with the so-called "dry rot" in timber which has been felled and cut up—a disease which has produced much distress at various times and in various countries. 
  • Why, I see what looks like a patch of dry rot up yonder, that I bet I could stick my fist into, said he. 

(Definition of “dry rot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)