mealybug
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mealybug — [mēl′ēbug΄] n. any of a family (Pseudococcidae) of destructive homopteran insects, having a soft body protected by a white, flourlike or cottony wax secretion …   English World dictionary

  • Mealybug — Mealybugs Maconellicoccus hirsutus, the pink hibiscus mealybug Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • mealybug — /mee lee bug /, n. any of several scalelike, homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants. [1815 25; MEALY + BUG1] * * * Any insect of the family… …   Universalium

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

  • mealybug — noun Date: 1824 any of a family (Pseudococcidae) of scale insects that have a white cottony or waxy covering and are destructive pests especially of fruit trees …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mealybug — noun Any of various insects of the family Pseudococcidae, that secrete a powdery wax and are pests of fruit trees …   Wiktionary

  • mealybug — mɪːlɪbÊŒg n. any of several soft bodied insects which excrete a white powdery substance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mealybug —   Any of the scale insects belonging to the Family Pseudococcidae that have a white powdery covering and are destructive plant pests, e.g. especially of species like Zamia furfuracea that have dense crowns of leaves …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • mealybug — meal•y•bug [[t]ˈmi liˌbʌg[/t]] n. ent any of several scalelike homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • mealybug —   Ana uku …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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