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rot

1. the process of rotting or the state of being rotten
2. something decomposed, disintegrated, or degenerate
3. short for dry rot
4. Pathol any putrefactive decomposition of tissues
5. Vet science a contagious fungal disease of the feet of sheep characterized by inflammation, swelling, a foul-smelling discharge, and lameness

rot

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(materials)
(plant pathology)
Any plant disease characterized by breakdown and decay of plant tissue.

rot

Decomposition in wood by fungi and other microorganisms; reduces its strength, density, and hardness. Also see brown rot, white rot.
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If more than the very outside edges of the material hasn't rotted down, you've probably got a flawed heap.
Some leaves can be added to the compost heap, but use the bulk to make leafmould, as leaves are rotted by the slow action of fungi rather than the quicker acting bacteria of the compost heap.
When the nettles have finally rotted down, strain off the liquid and dilute to about 3 parts to 1 with water before using.
Cavities in the rotted stems of living or dead trees provide habitat for wildlife, and the death of large mature trees in the forest creates openings in the forest canopy for the next generation of dominant trees.
Before I restored the 18 units with AZEK, the wood looked horrible and was completely rotted out.
The decay extends in a cone shape toward the apple core and the rotted area is firm and brown.