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mealybug

[mee-lee-buhg] /ˈmi liˌbʌg/
noun
1.
any of several scalelike, homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; mealy + bug1
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British Dictionary definitions for mealy bug

mealy bug

noun
1.
any plant-eating homopterous insect of the genus Pseudococcus and related genera, coated with a powdery waxy secretion: some species are pests of citrus fruits and greenhouse plants: family Pseudococcidae
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