leaf miner
noun Date: 1830 any of various small insects (as moths or dipteran flies) that in the larval stages burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves

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  • Leaf miner — is a term used to describe the larvae of many different species of insect which live in and eat the leaf tissue of plants. The vast majority of leaf mining insects are moths (Lepidoptera) and flies (Diptera), though some beetles and wasps also… …   Wikipedia

  • Leaf miner — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leaf miner — n. any of various insect larvae, esp. of small moths and flies, that burrow into and eat the soft tissues of leaves and green stems …   English World dictionary

  • leaf miner — any of the larvae of any of numerous insects, as moths of the family Gracilariidae, that live in and feed on the parenchyma of leaves. Also, leafminer. [1820 30] * * * Any of various insect larvae that live and feed within a leaf, including… …   Universalium

  • leaf miner — noun any of various small moths or dipterous flies whose larvae burrow into and feed on leaf tissue especially of the family Gracilariidae • Syn: ↑leaf miner • Hypernyms: ↑insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-miner — noun any of various small moths or dipterous flies whose larvae burrow into and feed on leaf tissue especially of the family Gracilariidae • Syn: ↑leaf miner • Hypernyms: ↑insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf miner — leaf′ min er n. ent any of various insect larvae, including small caterpillars, that tunnel into leaves and stems, leaving winding trails or broad blotches of pale tissue • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • leaf miner — noun An insect larva that lives within leaf tissue …   Wiktionary

  • leaf miner — noun a small fly, moth, or sawfly whose larvae burrow between the two surfaces of a leaf …   English new terms dictionary

  • leaf-miner — /ˈlif maɪnə/ (say leef muynuh) noun any of various insect larvae which burrow into plants and feed on the leaf tissue …   Australian English dictionary

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