smut fungus

Definitions of smut fungus
  1. noun
    any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
    synonyms: smut
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    covered smut
    a smut fungus causing a smut disease of grains in which the spore masses are covered or held together by the grain membranes
    loose smut
    a smut fungus of the genus Ustilago causing a smut disease of grains in which the entire head is transformed into a dusty mass of spores
    corn smut, cornsmut
    a smut fungus attacking Indian corn
    Sphacelotheca, genus Sphacelotheca
    genus of smut fungus
    Sphacelotheca reiliana, head smut
    smut fungus attacking heads of corn or sorghum and causing a covered smut
    Tilletia caries, bunt
    fungus that destroys kernels of wheat by replacing them with greasy masses of smelly spores
    Tilletia foetida, bunt, stinking smut
    similar to Tilletia caries
    Urocystis cepulae, onion smut
    smut fungus causing blackish blisters on scales and leaves of onions; especially destructive to seedlings
    flag smut fungus
    a smut fungus causing a smut in cereals and other grasses that chiefly affects leaves and stems and is characterized chains of sori within the plant tissue that later rupture releasing black masses of spores
    Ustilago maydis, boil smut
    a common smut attacking Indian corn causing greyish white swellings that rupture to expose a black spore mass
    Urocystis tritici, wheat flag smut
    fungus affecting leaves and stems of wheat
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    fungus
    an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
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