from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small beetles of the subfamily Cassidinae, shaped somewhat like a tortoise and having soft, fleshy larvae that eat the leaves of trees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any one of numerous species of small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a brilliant metallic luster. The larvæ feed upon the leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea) is found on the morning-glory vine and allied plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A leaf-beetle of the family Cassididæ: so called from the projecting elytra and prothorax, which suggest the carapace of a tortoise.
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