Definition of Corn smut

1. Noun. A smut fungus attacking Indian corn.

Exact synonyms: Cornsmut
Generic synonyms: Smut, Smut Fungus
Group relationships: Family Ustilaginaceae, Ustilaginaceae
Specialized synonyms: Boil Smut, Ustilago Maydis

Definition of Corn smut

1. Noun. A fungus that affects corn (maize), taxonomic name ''(w Ustilago maydis)'', which induces tumors in the plant, known to be eaten as a delicacy. ¹

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Medical Definition of Corn smut

1. A species that resembles ergot of rye in its metabolic action; its black spores on the ears of corn are dispersed by wind and can cause contamination of laboratory cultures. Synonym: corn ergot, corn smut, Ustilago zeae. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Corn Smut

corn lily
corn liquor
corn marigold
corn mayweed
corn mint
corn muffin
corn oil
corn on the cob
corn pone
corn pones
corn poppy
corn pudding
corn roast
corn roaster
corn salad
corn smut (current term)
corn snake
corn snakes
corn snow
corn speedwell
corn spurrey
corn spurry
corn starch
corn starches
corn sugar
corn sugars
corn syrup
corn syrups
corn tash
corn thistle

Literary usage of Corn smut

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1892)
"... amount of corn smut and I planted several rows of eorn, but before planting it, I put, with my fingers, a large quantity of corn smut in the hi 11 where ..."

2. Fungous Diseases of Plants: With Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"Ung. ARTHUR, JC, and STUART, W. corn smut. Ind. Agl. Exp. Sta. Ann. Rept. 12: 84-135. 1900. HITCHCOCK, AS, and NORTON, JBS corn smut. Kan. Agl. Exp. Sta. ..."

3. The Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science by Iowa Academy of Science (1895)
"The success with bunt and oats smut naturally directed the attention of investigators to hot water treatment for corn smut, but experiments made by Pammel* ..."

4. The Book of Corn: A Complete Treatise Upon the Culture, Marketing and Uses edited by Herbert Myrick (1904)
"CONTROLLING OR ERADICATING THE DISEASE In the spread of corn smut in the field, ... From a knowledge of the life history of the corn smut fungus only two ..."

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