One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A serious bacterial disease of plants of the rose family, especially fruit trees, giving the leaves a scorched appearance.
- ‘Australia currently bans the import of New Zealand apples because it fears the fireblight bacterial disease.’
- ‘Orchardists are concerned the bacterial disease fireblight could be imported into Australia, with devastating effects on the local fruit industry.’
- ‘Australian growers remain concerned about the risk of the disease fireblight being introduced to their orchards.’
- ‘Growers fear imported apples may bring in the disease fireblight.’
- ‘In the latter case, growers will be much cheered by the news yesterday that Japan is finally to end its non-tariff barrier to our fruit by dropping the pretence that it poses a fireblight risk to their own.’
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