scale insect
noun Date: 1840 any of numerous small prolific homopterous insects (superfamily Coccoidea) that have winged males, wingless scale-covered females attached to the host plant, and young that suck the juices of plants and some of which are serious pests

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

  • Scale insect — Scale Scale, n. [Cf. AS. scealu, scalu, a shell, parings; akin to D. schaal, G. schale, OHG. scala, Dan. & Sw. skal a shell, Dan. ski[ae]l a fish scale, Goth. skalja tile, and E. shale, shell, and perhaps also to scale of a balance; but perhaps… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scale insect — n. any of various families of small homopteran insects destructive to plants: the females secrete a round, wax scale under which they live and lay their eggs …   English World dictionary

  • 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 insect — scale′ in sect n. ent any of numerous small plant sucking insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the females of which are often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales …   From formal English to slang

  • scale insect — noun small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering • Hypernyms: ↑coccid insect • Hyponyms: ↑soft scale, ↑wax insect, ↑armored scale, ↑cochineal insect, ↑cochineal, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • scale insect — type of insect that attaches itself to a plant and feeds on the leaves …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scale insect — noun a small bug which secretes a protective shield like scale and spends its life attached to a single plant. [Family Coccidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • scale insect — /ˈskeɪl ˌɪnsɛkt/ (say skayl .insekt) noun any of various small plant destroying insects of the homopterous superfamily Coccoidea, the females of which mostly have the body and eggs covered by a large scale or shield formed by secretions …   Australian English dictionary

  • scale — scale1 [skāl] n. [ME < LL scala (in Vulg., Jacob s ladder) < L, usually as pl., scalae, flight of stairs, ladder < * scandsla < scandere, to climb: see DESCEND] 1. Obs. a) a ladder or flight of stairs b) any means of ascent 2 …   English World dictionary

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