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cucumber beetle

noun
1.
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.
Origin of cucumber beetle
1835-1845
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45
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  • The watermelon seedlings must be protected from the cucumber beetle until the foliage becomes toughened.

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