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curly top

noun, Plant Pathology.
a disease of plants, especially beets, characterized by puckered or cupped leaves and stunting or distortion, caused by a virus, Ruga verrucosans.
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An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "White Buffalo would not harm one hair of little Nell's head," and he stroked the curly top affectionately.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • The cause is likely a virus, similar to or identical with the curly top of beets.

    The Tomato Paul Work

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