Definition of nail gall in English:

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nail gall

noun

A small, conical, nail-shaped gall that forms on the leaves of lime trees in response to the presence of mites.
  • The mite is Eriophyes tiliae, family Eriophyidae
Example sentences
  • Some galls were noted, including nail gall on lime-tree leaves growing by Low Matlock Lane.
  • In summer, greenfly on the leaves drop sticky honeydew and red nail galls can be seen on the upper leaf surface.
  • A fairly common phenomenon associated with lime is that of nail galls, conspicuous protrusions on lime leaves produced by mites.

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Syllabification: nail gall

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