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flea beetle

any leaf beetle of the genera Haltica, Epitrix, etc., the various species of which have the rear legs adapted for jumping.
Origin of flea beetle
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The flea-beetle inflicts much damage on the potato, tomato, eggplant, and other garden plants.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
British Dictionary definitions for flea-beetle

flea beetle

any small common beetle of the genera Phyllotreta, Chalcoides, etc, having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping: family Chrysomelidae. The larvae of many species are very destructive to turnips and other cruciferous vegetables
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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