Definitions starting with B

ID #1432


/blas; also blast (White)/ [cf. Jam. black blast DJE; OED a sudden infection destructive to vegetable or animal life (formerly attributed to the blowing or breath of some malignant power; to wither or fall under a blight obs. → 1630; DAE → 1905]

v. 1. (of corn or maize) to grow poorly; to not yield well: The corn blas'(Eleu.). (Black)

2. (of corn or maize) to wither: The corn was blasted (White).

3. (of a farm) to fail: The cold came and the farm blast out so we came back (Ragged).

adj. (of corn or maize) blistered, with kernals not fully developed due to improper pollenation: Blast corn (Eleu.).

Tags: adjective, agriculture, verb

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Last update: 2010-09-06 03:02
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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