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 Dry-nurse.Dry Sea (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dry Rot.
The spontaneous rot of timber or wall-paper, not unfrequently produced by certain fungi attaching themselves thereto. It is called dry rot because the wood is not purposely exposed to wet, although, without doubt, damp from defective ventilation is largely present, and the greenness of wood employed contributes greatly to the decay.   1

 Dry-nurse.Dry Sea (A). 


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