San Jose scale

San Jose scale

[san hoh-zey]
noun
a scale insect, Aspidiotus perniciosus, that is highly destructive to fruit trees and shrubs throughout the U.S.
Compare armored scale.


Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; named after San Jose, California, where first found

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San Jose scale
 
n
a small E Asian homopterous insect, Quadraspidiotus perniciosus, introduced into the US and other countries, where it has become a serious pest of fruit trees: family Diaspididae
 
[C20: from its first being seen in the United States at San Jose, California]

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