Pierce's disease

\ ˈpir|sə̇z-, -iə| \

Definition of Pierce's disease

: a virus disease of grapes marked by delay in leafing out and interveinal mottling and spotting followed by scalding and blighting of the leaves, premature defoliation, early ripening and withering of the fruit, reduced growth, and eventual death of the vines

called also Anaheim disease, California vine disease

— see alfalfa dwarf

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History and Etymology for Pierce's disease

after Newton B. Pierce †1917 American plant pathologist

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“Pierce's disease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pierce%27s%20disease. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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