Definition of potato blight in English:

potato blight


mass noun
  • A destructive fungal disease of potatoes resulting in dry brown rot of the tubers.

    • ‘But that changed 150 years ago, when Ireland's potato blight and Britain's refusal to bail out the Irish sent millions to the emigrant ships.’
    • ‘The trials will investigate the suitability of different potato varieties and the influence of soil fertility on potato blight.’
    • ‘A wild relative of the potato was found in Peru, and when it was hybridized with the standard crop plant a variety was obtained that was resistant to potato blight.’
    • ‘There have been warnings of late of potato blight and people with sowings of potatoes would be well advised to spray.’
    • ‘In 1844, a new form of potato blight was identified in America.’