tobacco mosaic

nounPlant Pathology.
  1. a disease of the nightshade family of plants, particularly tobacco and tomato, caused by the tobacco mosaic virus and characterized by mottled leaves and yellowed, necrotic plants.

Origin of tobacco mosaic

First recorded in 1935–40

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How to use tobacco mosaic in a sentence

  • You, for instance, couldn't catch tobacco mosaic virus, and the tobacco plant can't catch the measles virus.

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