One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a fungal disease causing the mummification of the fruit of the guava. Now: a disease of cultivated mushrooms characterized by stunting, distortion, and eventual mummification of the fruiting bodies, probably caused by a species of pseudomonas bacterium.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Science. From mummy + disease.
mummy disease/ˈmʌmi dɪˌziːz/
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