Definition of curly top in English:

curly top

(also curly top disease)


  • 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.

    • ‘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.’