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

  • n. Any of various small homopterous insects of the superfamily Coccoidea that suck the juices of plants, the females of which secrete and remain under waxy scales on plant tissue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of numerous species of small hemipterous insects belonging to the family Coccidæ, in which the females, when adult, become more or less scalelike in form. They are found upon the leaves and twigs of various trees and shrubs, and often do great damage to fruit trees. See Orange scale,under Orange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any insect of the homopterous family Coccidæ; a scale: so called from the appearance they present when sticking fast to plants, and from the fact that most of the common forms secrete a large shield-like scale under which they hide and feed.

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

  • n. small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering


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