mealybug

[ mee-lee-buhg ]
/ ˈmi liˌbʌg /

noun

any of several scalelike, homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.

Nearby words

  1. mealtime,
  2. mealworm,
  3. mealy,
  4. mealy bug,
  5. mealy-mouthed,
  6. mean,
  7. mean anomaly,
  8. mean business,
  9. mean calorie,
  10. mean cell hemoglobin

Origin of mealybug

First recorded in 1815–25; mealy + bug1

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