phony disease

noun
variants: or less commonly phony peach

Definition of phony disease

: a serious virus disease of the peach that causes dwarfing, abnormally dark green leaves, and a light crop of small but highly colored fruit, makes the trees stop bearing after a few years, and is of lesser importance on almond, apricot, nectarine, and plum

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History and Etymology for phony disease

phony alteration (influenced by phony entry 1) of pony entry 1; from the dwarfing effect of the disease

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“Phony disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phony%20disease. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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