cucumber beetle

  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

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby cucumber beetle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cucumber beetle in a sentence

  • The watermelon seedlings must be protected from the cucumber beetle until the foliage becomes toughened.

  • In some sections of the country the little striped cucumber-beetle attacks the melons and cucumbers as soon as they come up.

    Agriculture for Beginners | Charles William Burkett