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cucumber beetle

any leaf beetle of the genus Diabrotica and related genera that feeds on cucumbers and other plants of the gourd family and is a vector of cucurbit wilt.
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An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The watermelon seedlings must be protected from the cucumber beetle until the foliage becomes toughened.

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