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scale insect

any of numerous small, plant-sucking homopterous insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the males of which are winged and the females wingless, often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales.
1830-40 Unabridged
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  • Trees of the citrus species, which are attacked by scale insect, are usually the ones fumigated.
British Dictionary definitions for scale insect

scale insect

any small homopterous insect of the family Coccidae and related families, which typically live and feed on plants and secrete a protective scale around themselves. Many species, such as the San Jose scale, are important pests
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scale insect  
Any of various small homopterous insects of the superfamily Coccoidea that suck the juices of plants, the females of which secrete and remain under waxy scales on plant tissue.
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