Definition of smut ball in English:

smut ball


  • A grain of wheat or another cereal affected by smut.

    • ‘The smut balls on the cobs grow instead of the seeds giving the cob a grapelike appearance.’
    • ‘In infected heads, light brown smut balls filled with dark brown spore masses replace all or part of the kernels.’
    • ‘The stinking smuts attacking wheat replace the grain with dark smut balls containing the fungus spores.’
    • ‘While smut balls may be removed by cleaning and recleaning seed, spores will still be carried on kernels.’
    • ‘Each kernel becomes a spore filled ‘smut ball ‘that is enclosed by a thin membrane until plant maturity.’’