cottony-cushion scale
noun Date: 1886 a scale insect (Icerya purchasi) introduced into the United States from Australia that infests citrus and other plants

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  • cottony-cushion scale — /kot n ee koosh euhn/ a scale insect, Icerya purchasi, native to Australia, now a common pest in the citrus growing regions of California. [1885 90] * * * Scale insect (Icerya purchasi, order Homoptera) that is a pest especially of California… …   Universalium

  • cottony-cushion scale — ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : a scale (Icerya purchasi) introduced into the United States from Australia that infests citrus and other plants see vedalia * * * /kot n ee koosh euhn/ a scale insect, Icerya purchasi, native to Australia, now a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cottony-cushion scale — /ˌkɒtəni ˈkʊʃən ˌskeɪl/ (say .kotuhnee kooshuhn .skayl) noun a sap sucking scale insect which infests citrus plants …   Australian English dictionary

  • Scale insect — Temporal range: Lower Cretaceous–recent …   Wikipedia

  • 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] * * * Any member of several families of… …   Universalium

  • scale — scale1 scaleless, adj. scalelike, adj. /skayl/, n., v., scaled, scaling. n. 1. Zool. a. one of the thin, flat, horny plates forming the covering of certain animals, as snakes, lizards, and pangolins. b. one of the hard, b …   Universalium

  • white scale — noun : any of various white or pale scales: as a. : an oleander scale (Aspidiotus hederae) b. : cottony cushion scale c. : rose scale …   Useful english dictionary

  • fluted scale — noun : cottony cushion scale …   Useful english dictionary

  • Icerya purchasi — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Biological pest control — Biological control of pests in agriculture is a method of controlling pests (including insects, mites, weeds and plant diseases) that relies on predation, parasitism, herbivory, or other natural mechanisms. It can be an important component of… …   Wikipedia

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