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

  • n. Any of various scale insects that secrete a waxy substance, especially a Chinese species (Ericerus pe-la) bred commercially for the production of candles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of several species of scale insects belonging to the family Coccid├Ž, which secrete from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially the Chinese wax insect (Coccus Sinensis) from which a large amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained. Called also pela.

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

  • n. any of various insects that secrete a waxy substance


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