[ leef-hop-er ]

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

Origin of leafhopper

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; leaf + hopper

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How to use leafhopper in a sentence

  • The grape leaf-hopper and the grape-vine flea-beetle are possibly the worst of the insects infesting the grapes about these lakes.

    The Grapes of New York | U. P. Hedrick
  • Does not ripen its wood well and is slightly tender and very susceptible to leaf-hopper here.

    The Grapes of New York | U. P. Hedrick
  • Erythroneura tricincta, or the Three-banded Leaf-hopper, is like the preceding species, but the bands are narrower.

    American Pomology | J. A. Warder
  • The most outstanding species in New Zealand is the apple leaf-hopper (Typhlocyba australis).

  • Most of us are only too well acquainted with the rose-leaf hopper that swarms on rose bushes and kills the leaves.

    The Insect Folk | Margaret Warner Morley

British Dictionary definitions for leaf-hopper


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

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