ETYM Old Eng. bane destruction, AS. bana murderer; akin to Icel. bani death, murderer, Old High Germ. bana murder, bano murderer, Goth. banja stroke, wound, Greek phoneys murderer, phonos murder, OIr. bath death, benim I strike.
Something causes misery or death; SYN. curse, scourge, nemesis.
1. A state or condition being blighted.
2. Any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting.
Any of a number of plant diseases caused mainly by parasitic species of fungus, which produce a whitish appearance on leaf and stem surfaces; for example, potato blight Phytophthora infestans. General damage caused by aphids or pollution is sometimes known as blight.
ETYM French escourgée, from Latin excoriata (sc. scutica) a stripped off (lash or whip), from excoriare to strip, to skin. Related to Excoriate.
A whip used to inflict punishment.