from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Particular leaf-beetles (and so with leaf-cutters, root-borers, etc.) are known by some distinctive adjective or attribute prefixed, as bean leaf-beetle (‘leaf-beetle of the bean’). All such three-word names may be taken also as bean-leaf beetle (‘beetle of the bean-leaf’), etc.
  • noun A beetle of the family Chrysomelidæ, nearly all the members of which are leaf-feeders both as larvæ and as adults.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of very many brightly-coloured beetles, of the family Chrysomelidae, that feed on plant leaves.

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


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