Definition of monilia in English:


nounPlural moniliae

  • former term for candida
    • ‘We fully expect our experiments in Miami, Florida, to hasten discovery of cacao plants resistant to monilia pod rot, black pod, witches broom, and other costly fungal diseases.’
    • ‘If witches' broom and monilia become established in West Africa, the results would be devastating to world cocoa markets.’
    • ‘In an attempt to control a fungal disease known as monilia pod rot, the shade canopy was removed.’


Modern Latin, from Latin monile ‘necklace’ (with reference to the chains of spores).