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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 small mildewy wartime suitcase filled with old cards lay open on the coffee table.
And because of the heat and the moisture, the house becomes mouldy and mildewy inside.
They should track down and eliminate the causes of musty and mildewy smells.
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.