ETYM Greek pornos a harlot + -graphy.
Illegal activities designed to stimulate sexual desire; SYN. porno, porn.
Obscene literature, pictures, photos, or films considered to be of no artistic merit and intended only to arouse sexual desire. Standards of what is obscene and whether a particular work has artistic value are subjective, hence there is often difficulty in determining whether a work violates the obscenity laws. Opponents of pornography claim that it is harmful and incites violence to women and children.
The estimated annual gross profits are $10 billion in the US, and Ł500 million in the UK.
ETYM Akin to Swed. smuts, Dan. smuds, Mid. High Germ. smuz, German schmutz, Dutch smet a spot or stain, smoddig, smodsig, smodderig, dirty, smodderen to smut; and probably to Eng. smite. Related to Smite, Smitt, Smutch.
1. Any fungus of the order Usrilaginales; SYN. smut fungus.
2. Destructive diseases of plants (especially cereal grasses) caused by fungi that produce black powdery masses of spores.
In botany, any parasitic fungus of the order Ustilaginales, which infects flowering plants, particularly cereal grasses.