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Topic: BIOLOGY

Language: Old English
Origin: rotian

rot

1 verb
     
rot1 past tense and past participle rotted, present participle rotting
1 [intransitive and transitive]HB to decay by a gradual natural process, or to make something do this:
Candy will rot your teeth.
The trees were cut and left to rot.
rot away
All the woodwork was rotting away.
2

rot in hell/jail

MI to suffer or be punished for a long time - used especially when you are angry with someone:
I hope the people who did this rot in hell.
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