Use the adjective blighted to describe something that has a condition that makes it weak or unable to grow, like a blighted lawn with more brown patches than green.

Language experts can’t agree on the exact origins of the word blighted, but when it entered English in the sixteenth century it was used to describe a skin condition. Today, you’ll hear the word applied to plants that are affected by a condition that causes them to wither and die, like a blighted tomato crop, or to describe the neglect and decay of places, such as blighted buildings that pose safety hazards.

Definitions of blighted
  1. adjective
    affected by blight; anything that mars or prevents growth or prosperity
    “a blighted rose”
    blighted urban districts”
    synonyms: spoilt
    spoiled or ruined or demolished
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