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oystershell scale

[ oi-ster-shel ]
/ ˈɔɪ stərˌʃɛl /
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noun
a scale insect, Lepidosaphes ulmi, having a scale shaped like the shell of an oyster, which infests various deciduous trees and shrubs.
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Also called oyster scale .

Origin of oystershell scale

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; oyster + shell
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