mealy bug

mealybug

[mee-lee-buhg]
noun
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:
1815–25; mealy + bug1

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mealy bug
 
n
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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