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San Jose scale

[san hoh-zey] /ˈsæn hoʊˌzeɪ/
a scale insect, Aspidiotus perniciosus, that is highly destructive to fruit trees and shrubs throughout the U.S.
Compare armored scale.
Origin of San Jose scale
1885-90, Americanism; named after San Jose, California, where first found Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Never allow new trees to be brought into your orchard until you feel certain that they are free from the San Jose scale.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
British Dictionary definitions for San Jose scale

San Jose scale

a small E Asian homopterous insect, Quadraspidiotus perniciosus, introduced into the US and other countries, where it has become a serious pest of fruit trees: family Diaspididae
Word Origin
C20: from its first being seen in the United States at San Jose, California
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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