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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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The authors concluded that the risk factors associated with these high allergen levels include the fact that the bedding being tested is located in: a single family homes, a low income households, a bedroom in which the humidity is high, an area where there is a musty and/or mildewy odor, a non-western parts of the US, an older homes (built before 1978), or a home whose inhabitants are non-Hispanic.
Although there was a barn-sized barn on the property--a dilapidated cavern full of owl shit, darkness, and mildewy hay where Tom kept the antique tractor he used to mow paths through the goldenrod in the summer and plow the driveway in winter--the prefabricated steel structure in which he stored his tools was scarcely bigger than a two-car garage.
They should track down and eliminate the causes of musty and mildewy smells.
He didn't have a lot of successes to emulate: underground structures had a reputation as dark, dank, wet and mildewy spaces.
In either event, "ah-base-maw" in a doctor's home is just as damp and mildewy as "a basement" in someone else's.
For those who, like me, associate the name Carl Rosa Opera with the sweet, mildewy smell of the antique shop, its revival must be one of the unlikeliest events of recent years.
Hatch stomped down into the basement, his cold and mildewy place of exile--Look, I'm tired of that noise and I'm tired of you walking around here with an attitude when I tell you about it--fists balled at his sides.
The room smelled also--the vague mildewy scent of linen and ammonia and cheap synthetic drapes.
Department of Transportation Department (DOT) employees complained of "a musty, mildewy, moldy, or chemical odor" in and around the eighth and ninth floors of their 12-story, 1.