curly top

noun

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 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, "How to manage mildew and other problems in your vegetable garden," 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, PEOPLE.com, "Sophia Richie Wears Crop Top and High-Low Skirt at Venice Film Festival Gala," 29 Aug. 2019 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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“Curly top.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curly%20top. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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