leaf miner

or leafminer

  1. any of the larvae of any of numerous insects, as moths of the family Gracilariidae, that live in and feed on the parenchyma of leaves.

Origin of leaf miner

First recorded in 1820–30

Words Nearby leaf miner

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How to use leaf miner in a sentence

  • Its most deadly enemy in the insect world is a small insect of the lepidopterous variety, which is known as the coffee-leaf miner.

    All About Coffee | William H. Ukers
  • These so-called "leaf-miner" caterpillars make white irregularly-winding tunnels between the upper and the lower skin of the leaf.

    The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
  • The cabbage leaf miner is not a native of this country, but was imported from Europe.

  • Bud caterpillars, the leaf-miner or split-worm and the Tobacco flea beetle are minute beetles which attack it.

    Tobacco Leaves | W. A. Brennan
  • The locust has also been attacked by the twig borer, bag worm and the leaf miner.

    Trees of Indiana | Charles Clemon Deam

British Dictionary definitions for leaf miner

leaf miner

  1. any of various insect larvae that bore into and feed on leaf tissue, esp the larva of dipterous flies of the genus Philophylla (family Trypetidae) and the caterpillar of moths of the family Gracillariidae

  2. the adult insect of any of these larvae

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