Mexican bean beetle
noun Date: 1920 a spotted ladybug (Epilachna varivestis) that feeds on the leaves of beans

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Mexican bean beetle — ☆ Mexican bean beetle n. a spotted ladybug beetle (Epilachna varivestis) that eats the leaves and pods of bean plants …   English World dictionary

  • Mexican bean beetle — noun introduced into the United States from Mexico; feeds on the foliage of the bean plant • Syn: ↑bean beetle, ↑Epilachna varivestis • Hypernyms: ↑ladybug, ↑ladybeetle, ↑lady beetle, ↑ladybird, ↑ladybird beetle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mexican bean beetle — a ladybird beetle, Epilachna varivestis, introduced into the U.S. from Mexico, that feeds on the foliage of the bean plant. Also called bean beetle. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mexican bean beetle — Mex′ican bean′ beet le n. ent a ladybird beetle, Epilachna varivestis, introduced into the U.S. from Mexico, that feeds on the foliage of the bean plant • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • bean beetle — ☆ bean beetle n. any of a number of beetles and weevils attacking legumes, esp. the Mexican bean beetle * * * …   Universalium

  • bean beetle — ☆ bean beetle n. any of a number of beetles and weevils attacking legumes, esp. the Mexican bean beetle …   English World dictionary

  • bean beetle — noun introduced into the United States from Mexico; feeds on the foliage of the bean plant • Syn: ↑Mexican bean beetle, ↑Epilachna varivestis • Hypernyms: ↑ladybug, ↑ladybeetle, ↑lady beetle, ↑ladybird, ↑l …   Useful english dictionary

  • bean beetle. — See Mexican bean beetle. [1930 35, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • bean beetle. — See Mexican bean beetle. [1930 35, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mexicanbean beetle — Mexican bean beetle n. A spotted ladybug (Epilachna varivestis) of the southern United States and Mexico that feeds on the leaves of the bean plant. * * * …   Universalium

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