curly top

nounPlant Pathology.
  1. a disease of plants, especially beets, characterized by puckered or cupped leaves and stunting or distortion, caused by a virus, Ruga verrucosans.

Origin of curly top

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05

Words Nearby curly top Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curly top in a sentence

  • "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