Meaning of fireblight in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪəblʌɪt/


mass noun
  • A serious bacterial disease of plants of the rose family, especially fruit trees, giving the leaves a scorched appearance.

    The bacterium is the Gram-negative Erwinia amylovora

    ‘Orchardists are concerned the bacterial disease fireblight could be imported into Australia, with devastating effects on the local fruit industry.’
    • ‘Australia currently bans the import of New Zealand apples because it fears the fireblight bacterial disease.’
    • ‘Australian growers remain concerned about the risk of the disease fireblight being introduced to their orchards.’
    • ‘Growers fear imported apples may bring in the disease fireblight.’
    • ‘In the latter case, growers will be much cheered by the news yesterday that Japan is finally to end its non-tariff barrier to our fruit by dropping the pretence that it poses a fireblight risk to their own.’