root-knot nematode


: any of several small plant-parasitic nematodes (genus Meloidogyne) that cause root knot

Examples of root-knot nematode in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Can adding fresh soil help a bed where tomatoes were attacked last year by root-knot nematode? Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Parasitic Nematodes Don't confuse these beneficial nematodes with destructive root-knot nematodes. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 18 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of root-knot nematode was in 1922

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“Root-knot nematode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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