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potatobug

[puh-tey-toh-buhg, -tey-tuh-] /pəˈteɪ toʊˌbʌg, -ˈteɪ tə-/
Also, potato bug.
Also called potato beetle.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism

Colorado potato beetle

noun
1.
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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