tortoise beetle
noun Date: circa 1711 any of various chrysomelid beetles (subfamily Cassidinae) with leaf-eating larvae

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  • Tortoise beetle — Cassida viridis Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Tortoise beetle — Tortoise Tor toise, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked, fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere, tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca, tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tortoise beetle — n. any of various small, often brightly colored or iridescent, turtle shaped beetles (family Chrysomelidae) that feed chiefly on plant leaves …   English World dictionary

  • tortoise beetle — any of several turtle shaped leaf beetles, as Chelymorpha cassidea (argus tortoise beetle or milkweed tortoise beetle), which resembles the ladybird beetle and feeds primarily on bindweed and milkweed. [1705 15] * * * ▪ insect       any member of …   Universalium

  • tortoise beetle — noun 1. : any of numerous small tortoise shaped beetles of the family Chrysomelidae many of whom have a brilliant metallic luster and whose larvae feed upon the leaves of various plants 2. : any of several Australian tenebrionid beetles of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tortoise beetle — tor′toise bee tle n. ent any of several turtle shaped, brightly colored leaf beetles of the subfamily Cassidinae • Etymology: 1705–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • Golden tortoise beetle — Taxobox name = Golden Tortoise Beetle regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera subordo = Polyphaga familia = Chrysomelidae subfamilia = Hispinae tribus = Cassidini genus = Charidotella species = C. sexpunctata… …   Wikipedia

  • argus tortoise beetle — noun Etymology: after Argus, mythological being; from its spots : a reddish tortoise beetle (Chelymorpha cassidea) spotted with black * * * argus tortoise beetle noun A black spotted, reddish, tortoise shaped beetle that feeds on plants of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • argus tortoise beetle. — See under tortoise beetle. * * * …   Universalium

  • milkweed tortoise beetle. — See under tortoise beetle. * * * …   Universalium

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