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

  • noun Any of various soft-bodied scale insects covered with a white powdery substance, especially of the family Pseudococcidae, some of which are destructive to ornamental and agricultural plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any of several homopteran scale insects (as, Coccus adonidum, and related species of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae), that cover themselves with a white powderlike or cottony wax secretion. They are common plant-eating pests in hothouses and are also destructive of fruit trees.

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

  • noun Any of various insects of the family Pseudococcidae, that secrete a powdery wax and are pests of fruit trees.

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

  • noun scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees
  • noun scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees

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