American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various mites that cause a plant disease characterized by reddish or brownish spots on leaves and fruits.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a minute mite (Phytopius oleivorus) which, by puncturing the rind, causes the rust-colored patches on oranges.
- n. any of several varieties of mite that burrow into plants and cause a reddish-brown discoloration on the leaves or fruit
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