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A lethal disease of grapevines caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which infects the xylem, causing progressive wilting and desiccation of the leaves and other plant parts.
1940s; earliest use found in Blue Anchor. From the genitive of the name of Newton B. Pierce, 19th-cent. U.S. plant pathologist who was the first to provide a scientific description of the disease + disease.
Pierce's disease/ˈpɪəsɪz dɪˌziːz/
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