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tortoise beetle

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small beetles of the subfamily Cassidinae, shaped somewhat like a tortoise and having soft, fleshy larvae that eat the leaves of trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of numerous species of small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a brilliant metallic luster. The larvæ feed upon the leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea) is found on the morning-glory vine and allied plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leaf-beetle of the family Cassididæ: so called from the projecting elytra and prothorax, which suggest the carapace of a tortoise.

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