yellow dwarf


: any of several plant diseases of cereal grasses (such as oats and barley), onions, potatoes, tomatoes, or tobacco that are characterized by yellowing and stunting and are caused by viruses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For the moment, the only place in the universe where that has happened is on our pale blue dot orbiting a nondescript yellow dwarf star. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2020 Finally, our sun itself qualifies as a bit strange, even though it’s long been billed as an ordinary yellow dwarf star. Bruce Dorminey, Discover Magazine, 22 Jan. 2020 Yet the fine points of the astrophysics controlling our deceptively simple yellow dwarf star remains a puzzle. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 2 July 2022 TOI-849b's host star is a late G-class yellow dwarf, a little cooler and approximately 2 billion years older than our Sun, with about nine-tenths its mass and radius. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 6 July 2020 Our sun, a yellow dwarf, is currently in the main sequence stage of its life. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2020 While the Earth’s bulging depends on how its oceans rub against the ocean floor, the exact structure of tides on WASP-12b’s yellow dwarf star remains mysterious. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 2 Jan. 2020 Now a yellow dwarf, the sun is currently halfway through its lifespan. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 3 Nov. 2019 Its star, a red dwarf, is considerably smaller and cooler than our sun, a yellow dwarf, and its atmosphere is also different than ours. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yellow dwarf was in 1928

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“Yellow dwarf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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