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oystershell scale

[oi-ster-shel] /ˈɔɪ stərˌʃɛl/
noun
1.
a scale insect, Lepidosaphes ulmi, having a scale shaped like the shell of an oyster, which infests various deciduous trees and shrubs.
Also called oyster scale.
Origin of oystershell scale
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; oyster + shell
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