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Meaning of black shank

black' shank'

Pronunciation: [key]
— Plant Pathol. Plant Pathol.
  1. a disease of tobacco, characterized by wilting and by decayed, blackened roots and stems, caused by a fungus, Phytophthora parasitica nicotianae.
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