potato-beetle

Colorado potato beetle

noun
a black and yellow leaf beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, originally of Colorado and neighboring states but now a common pest in all potato-growing regions of the U.S.
Also called Colorado beetle, potato beetle, potatobug.


Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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potatobug

[puh-tey-toh-buhg, -tey-tuh-]
Also, potato bug.
Also called potato beetle.


Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism

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