from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small beetle of the family Halticidæ, of many species. They have strong posterior legs and leap like fleas. The turnip flea-beetle (Phyllotreta vittata) and that of the grapevine (Graptodera chalybea) are common injurious species.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of the saltatorial chrysomelids, or those species of leaf-beetles which are capable of leaping by means of their thickened hind thighs. There are very many of them, mostly of small size.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any small leaf beetle having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping
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