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scale insect

any of numerous small, plant-sucking homopterous insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the males of which are winged and the females wingless, often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales.
Origin of scale insect
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is a minute scale insect the size of a small pinhead, shield-shaped, with a raised center.

  • Among the bugs most destructive to trees are the scale insect and the plant lice.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • Man can dodge Nature as the scale insect cannot, but higher forms of life can, and man the most effectively of all.

    The Inhumanity of Socialism Edward F. Adams
  • Dr. Lutz says that the manna which fed the Children of Israel was honeydew secreted by a scale insect, and that it is still eaten.

  • Mother has heard of a scale insect out in California which has been a great nuisance to fruit-growers.

    Little Busybodies

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British Dictionary definitions for scale insect

scale insect

any small homopterous insect of the family Coccidae and related families, which typically live and feed on plants and secrete a protective scale around themselves. Many species, such as the San Jose scale, are important pests
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scale insect in Science
scale insect  
Any of various small homopterous insects of the superfamily Coccoidea that suck the juices of plants, the females of which secrete and remain under waxy scales on plant tissue.
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