from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various aphidlike insects of the family Adelgidae that secrete a waxy or woolly covering and are destructive to conifers, especially hemlocks, spruces, and firs.
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- n. A common name for insects of either species Adelges piceae or Adelges tsugae.
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- n. an insect that feeds on hemlocks; its egg sacs are small fuzzy white balls like artificial snow on a Christmas tree
From New Latin Adelgidae, family name, from Adelgēs, type genus : perhaps Greek adēlos, hidden (a-, not; see a- + dēlos, clear, visible) + -gēs, of unknown origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)