Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various plant-eating beetles of the family Chrysomelidae, which includes the Colorado potato beetle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or relating to the Chrysomelidæ.
  • A beetle of the family Chrysomelidæ.

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  • noun leaf beetle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun brightly colored beetle that feeds on plant leaves; larvae infest roots and stems

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Chrȳsomēla, type genus, from Greek khrūsomēlon, quince : khrūso-, chryso- + mēlon, apple.]

Examples

  • There’s also the agromyzid vegetable leafminer, the poinciana looper, the banana skipper, the Egyptian hibiscus mealybug, the chrysomelid cucumber beetle, several species of eumenid wasp, a nititulid beetle, a magarodid, a psyllid, a bagworm—even the names are strange.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • There’s also the agromyzid vegetable leafminer, the poinciana looper, the banana skipper, the Egyptian hibiscus mealybug, the chrysomelid cucumber beetle, several species of eumenid wasp, a nititulid beetle, a magarodid, a psyllid, a bagworm—even the names are strange.

    The Song of The Dodo

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  • "In the afternoon of the fifth day the wind came off the land, bringing with it the smell of tropical river mud and green forest, but no rain, alas, only a single chrysomelid beetle on the wing, the first true South American that Martin had ever seen."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 167–168

    February 20, 2008