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  Dictionary Definition of mildew

mildew
noun
1. a plant disease usually characterised by a whitish coating or a discolouration on the surface, caused by any of various parasitic fungi.
2. any of these fungi.
3. similar coating or discolouration, due to fungi, on cotton and linen fabrics, paper, leather, etc., when exposed to moisture.
-- verb (t)
4. to affect with mildew.
-- verb (i)
5. to become affected with mildew.
[ME; OE mildeaw, meledeaw, lit., honeydew]
-- mildewy, adjective