|1.||[ adjective ] becoming rotten|
|Synonyms:||moldering mouldering decomposing|
"a field covered with thousands of decomposing bodies" "John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave" "rotting animal flesh is attractive to vultures"
|2.||[ noun ] (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action|
|Synonyms:||rot putrefaction decomposition|
|Related terms:||decay biology decompose|