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  1. any of numerous leaping, homopterous insects of the family Cicadellidae that suck plant juices, many being serious crop pests.
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Origin of leafhopper

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; leaf + hopper
Also called jassid.
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Examples from the Web for leaf-hopper

Historical Examples

  • Figures 41 and 42 show the several life stages of the leaf-hopper.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • One of the chief failings of this species is the susceptibility of the leaves to the attack of the leaf-hopper.

  • Does not ripen its wood well and is slightly tender and very susceptible to leaf-hopper here.

  • The rose bush may have lice or it may have a little green bug that jumps very quickly and so gets its name of leaf-hopper.

British Dictionary definitions for leaf-hopper


  1. any homopterous insect of the family Cicadellidae, including various pests of crops
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