Meaning of chestnut blight

chest'nut blight"

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— Plant Pathol. Plant Pathol.
  1. a disease of chestnuts, esp. the American chestnut, characterized by bark lesions that girdle and eventually kill the tree, caused by a fungus, Endothia parasitica.
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