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curly top

Syllabification: cur·ly top
(also curly top disease)

Definition of curly top in English:

noun

A viral disease affecting plants, especially beets and members of the gourd family, spread by beetles, particularly the beet leafhopper. Infected plants become dwarfed and have puckered, distorted foliage.
Example sentences
  • And they're working on new sugar beets that resist one or both of those fungal diseases - along with curly top virus.
  • Foliar diseases such as Cercospora leaf spot, curly top, and powdery mildew do occur, but are normally easier to control than soilborne diseases.

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