One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease of cereals, especially wheat, and other grasses caused by the ascomycete fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis, which attacks roots and stem bases and produces yellowing of foliage, stunted growth, and reduction of yield which may be severe or almost complete.
Mid 19th century. From take + all [noun], in allusion to the severe reduction of yield caused by the disease.
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