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wilting

a plant state in which a loss of TURGOR by cells of the leaves and other soft tissues causes drooping. The condition is caused by a lack of water (see WATER STRESS), either through drought in the soil, or a disease (such as fungal wilt) which blocks the XYLEM VESSELS in the stem or leaves.
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See, then, Anselmo, the peril thou art encountering in seeking to disturb the peace of thy virtuous consort; see for what an empty and ill-advised curiosity thou wouldst rouse up passions that now repose in quiet in the breast of thy chaste wife; reflect that what thou art staking all to win is little, and what thou wilt lose so much that I leave it undescribed, not having the words to express it.
This being so, thou must remember that I am now labouring under that infirmity which women sometimes suffer from, when the craving seizes them to eat clay, plaster, charcoal, and things even worse, disgusting to look at, much more to eat; so that it will be necessary to have recourse to some artifice to cure me; and this can be easily effected if only thou wilt make a beginning, even though it be in a lukewarm and make-believe fashion, to pay court to Camilla, who will not be so yielding that her virtue will give way at the first attack: with this mere attempt I shall rest satisfied, and thou wilt have done what our friendship binds thee to do, not only in giving me life, but in persuading me not to discard my honour.
If, then, the mine of her honour, beauty, virtue, and modesty yields thee without labour all the wealth it contains and thou canst wish for, why wilt thou dig the earth in search of fresh veins, of new unknown treasure, risking the collapse of all, since it but rests on the feeble props of her weak nature?
ISMENE What, wilt thou slay thy own son's plighted bride?
CHORUS What, wilt thou rob thine own son of his bride?
Former Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) director and Agriculture Undersecretary Joel Rudinas said that some years ago, there was a proposal for planters to donate 10 centavos per box of exported bananas to undertake research in battling Fusarium wilt.
Head of the Ceramics Department at Skidmore College Matt Wilt will present Theory + Practice, a new interactive and kinetic installation designed to engage the audience and involve them in a slower, more thoughtful analysis of the artwork and its ideas.
Our LGU (local government unit) is taking aggressive actions to prevent the spread of fusarium wilt and protect the Cavendish banana industry here since it spurs our local economy,' Evangelista said.
To confirm presence of bacterial wilt in potatoes, cut a tuber or the stem and suspend it in a glass of water for some time.