European canker

European canker

[¦yu̇r·ə¦pē·ən ′kaŋ·kər]
(plant pathology)
A fungus disease of apple, pear, and other fruit and shade trees caused by Nectria galligena and characterized by cankers with concentric rings of callus on the trunk and branches.
A fungus disease of poplars caused by Dothichiza populea.
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The musicians fiddled, tooted, and banged as if they enjoyed it, everybody danced who could, and those who couldn't admired their neighbors with uncommon warmth.
Oh, you Wing Biddlebaum, comb your hair, it's falling into your eyes," commanded the voice to the man, who was bald and whose ner- vous little hands fiddled about the bare white fore- head as though arranging a mass of tangled locks.
Solomon Macey, a small hale old man with an abundant crop of long white hair reaching nearly to his shoulders, advanced to the indicated spot, bowing reverently while he fiddled, as much as to say that he respected the company, though he respected the key-note more.
Approaching the hay-trussers she could hear the fiddled notes of a reel proceeding from some building in the rear; but no sound of dancing was audible--an exceptional state of things for these parts, where as a rule the stamping drowned the music.
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