phony disease

noun
variants: less commonly

phony peach

Definition of phony disease

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of phony disease

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


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