curly top


Definition of curly top

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Viral diseases such as mosaic virus and curly top can be managed with the hydrogen peroxide products. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 14 June 2021 For curly top on tomatoes, a virus that crinkles the new growth, and mosaic virus that discolors squash and related crops, hydrogen peroxide is the cure. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2020 Her hair was pulled into high, curly top-knot and her glam was kept more neutral with an orange eyelid and nude lip. Claudia Harmata,, 29 Aug. 2019 The silky fabric cuts down on tangling and breakage — another plus for your curly top. Joane Amay, Allure, 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of curly top

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of curly top was in 1901

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“Curly top.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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