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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The silky fabric cuts down on tangling and breakage — another plus for your curly top. Joane Amay, Allure, "13 Common Mistakes People With Curly Hair Make — and How to Avoid Them," 2 Apr. 2018

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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