cucumber mosaic


: a plant disease especially of cucumbers that is caused by a single-stranded RNA virus (species Cucumber mosaic virus of the genus Cucumovirus, family Bromoviridae) and is transmitted chiefly by an aphid and produces mottled foliage and often pale warty fruits

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Recent Examples on the Web HypoPet is working on an experimental vaccine called Fel-CuMV (or HypoCat), which incorporates particles from the cucumber mosaic virus attached to a Fel d 1 protein. Wilson Chapman, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cucumber mosaic was in 1916

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“Cucumber mosaic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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