mealy bug
mealybug meal"y*bug`, mealy bug mealy bug (m[=e]l"[y^]*b[u^]g`), n. (Zo["o]l.), Any of several homopteran scale insects (as, {Coccus adonidum}, and related species of the families {Pseudococcidae} and {Eriococcidae}), that cover themselves with a white powderlike or cottony wax secretion. They are common plant-eating pests in hothouses and are also destructive of fruit trees. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

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  • mealy bug — noun scalelike plant eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees • Syn: ↑mealybug • Hypernyms: ↑coccid insect • Hyponyms: ↑citrophilous mealybug, ↑citrophilus mealybug, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mealy bug — /ˈmili bʌg/ (say meelee bug) noun any hemipterous, plant sucking insect of the family Pseudococcidae, so called because of the powdery wax which covers the body; some species are common indoor plant and greenhouse pests because the honeydew they… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mealy bug — noun a small sap sucking scale insect which is coated with a white powdery wax resembling meal and can be a serious pest. [Pseudococcus and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bug — /bʌg / (say bug) noun 1. any insect, especially one of the suborder Heteroptera (order Hemiptera), characterised by having the forewings thickened at base and membranous at tip, and the hind wings membranous. Sucking mouth parts enable the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mealy — adj. (mealier, mealiest) 1 a of or like meal; soft and powdery. b containing meal. 2 (of a complexion) pale. 3 (of a horse) spotty. 4 (in full mealy mouthed) not outspoken; afraid to use plain expressions. Phrases and idioms: mealy bug any insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • meal|y|bug — mealy bug, or meal|y|bug «MEE lee BUHG», noun. a small, soft bodied scale insect which covers itself with a whitish secretion. It causes considerable damage by sucking the juices of citrus trees and other plants. They comprise a family of insects …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coccus adonidum — mealybug meal y*bug , mealy bug mealy bug (m[=e]l [y^]*b[u^]g ), n. (Zo[ o]l.), Any of several homopteran scale insects (as, {Coccus adonidum}, and related species of the families {Pseudococcidae} and {Eriococcidae}), that cover themselves with a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mealybug — meal y*bug , mealy bug mealy bug (m[=e]l [y^]*b[u^]g ), n. (Zo[ o]l.), Any of several homopteran scale insects (as, {Coccus adonidum}, and related species of the families {Pseudococcidae} and {Eriococcidae}), that cover themselves with a white… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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