gall mite

gall mite

noun
a mite of the family Eriophyidae that feeds on plant juices, damaging buds, leaves, and twigs and causing galls and other deformities.

Origin:
1880–85

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gall mite
 
n
any of various plant-feeding mites of the family Phytoptidae that cause galls or blisters on buds, leaves, or fruit

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