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- n. A wen or spongy wart on the legs or flanks of a horse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A soft tumor or bloody wart on horses or oxen.
- n. A disease of the roots of turnips, etc.; -- called also fingers and toes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swelling, full of blood and soft to the touch, peculiar to horses and cattle. Club-root, a sort of gall or excrescence in some plants of the natural order Cruciferæ, and chiefly in the turnip, produced by a puncture made by the ovipositor of an insect for the deposition of its eggs.
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First, it is NOT BY PATRICK WHITE, the Australian novelist whose bio accompanies your description, but by the English novelist T(erence) H(anbury) White, author of The Once and Future King and Mistress Masham's Repose.
The worst foes of the Turnip in the field are the fly and the caterpillar; but in the garden, and more especially the old garden, anbury is the most to be feared.
The result will be profitable crops of other kinds of vegetables and a refreshing of the soil that will enable it to carry brassicaceous plants again, with but little risk of the recurrence of anbury.
Wherever anbury appears, whether on Cabbages or Turnips or any other cruciferous plant, there should be worked out a complete change in the order of cropping, taking care not to put any brassicaceous plants on the plots where the disease has occurred for two or three seasons, and allowing at least one whole year to pass without growing any of the cruciferous order upon them.
The great plague is club or anbury, for which there is no direct remedy or preventive known.
It is subject to no diseases, save anbury and clubbing; and, owing to its position above the soil, it can be readily eaten off by sheep.