corn stunt

noun

: a serious disease of corn that is characterized by stunted growth, poorly developed ears, and yellowish or reddish discoloration of the leaves

Note: Corn stunt typically occurs from the southern U.S. to South America. It is caused by a spiroplasma (Spiroplasma kunkelii) transmitted by leafhoppers (especially Dalbulus maidis).

Some corn stunt losses may have been averted this year by a strategy in which farmers plant earlier—during March, mostly—because heat seems to be linked to increased populations of the disease-carrying leafhopper. Dennis Pollock, Fresno Bee, 26 July 2002

Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corn stunt was in 1963

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“Corn stunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn%20stunt. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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