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mildew

/mil·dew/ (mil´doo) colloquialism for any superficial fungous growth on plants or any organic material.

mildew

[mil′dyo̅o̅]
a visible growth of any of numerous species of saprophytic fungi. Mildew causes discoloration and weakening of fabrics and fibers.

mildew

[AS. mildeaw]
Lay term for a discoloration or superficial coating on various materials caused by the growth of fungi. It occurs in damp conditions.

mildew

  1. a plant disease caused by a fungus.
  2. any fungus, such as Erysiphe, that causes cereal mildew.
  3. a fungus in the mycelial state, growing over a substrate without obvious fruiting bodies.
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For Tennyson, the season of soggy bedding and mildewed Michaelmasdaisies was "the sick man's room.
If the concoction is sprayed on the mildewed areas in the late afternoon, the problem should clear up within a couple of days, she says.
Oxalic acid-based cleaners can brighten mildewed surfaces (though not kill the mildew).