Definitions of ergot

n a fungus that infects various cereal plants forming compact black masses of branching filaments that replace many grains of the plant; source of medicinally important alkaloids and of lysergic acid

Claviceps purpurea
rye ergot
a sclerotium or hardened mass of mycelium
Type of:
an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia

n a plant disease caused by the ergot fungus

Type of:
plant disease
a disease that affects plants

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