curly top

noun

: a destructive disease of various crop plants (such as beets, tomatoes, and peppers) caused by a single-stranded DNA virus (species Beet curly top virus of the genus Curtovirus, family Geminiviridae) that kills young plants and causes curling and puckering of the leaves in older plants

Examples of curly top in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curly top was in 1901

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“Curly top.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curly%20top. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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