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smut



Pronunciation: (smut), [key]
n., v., smut•ted, smut•ting.


n.
1. a particle of soot; sooty matter.
2. a black or dirty mark; smudge.
3. indecent language or publications; obscenity.
4. Plant Pathol.
a. a disease of plants, esp. cereal grasses, characterized by the conversion of affected parts into black, powdery masses of spores, caused by fungi of the order Ustilaginales.
b. a fungus causing this disease.

v.t.
to soil or smudge.

v.i.
to become affected with smut, as a plant.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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