Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the wings covered with minute scales; lepidopterous, as an insect. The mealy-winged scale-insects are the Aleurodidæ.
  • Covered with whitish powder like meal: specifically applied to the neuropterous insects of the family Coniopterygidæ.

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Examples

  • Thrilling with exasperation, to which it would have been sheer folly to have given vent — for there was no contending with that unsubstantial feather, that mealy-winged moth — I extinguished my taper, locked my bureau, and left her, since she would not leave me.

    Villette

  • The nymphs are small greenish, scale-like insects found on the under side of the leaves; the adults are minute, white, mealy-winged flies.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • Thrilling with exasperation, to which it would have been sheer folly to have given vent -- for there was no contending with that unsubstantial feather, that mealy-winged moth -- I extinguished my taper, locked my bureau, and left her, since she would not leave me.

    Villette

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