potatobug

or pota·to bug

[puh-tey-toh-buhg, -tey-tuh-]

noun


Origin of potatobug

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called potato beetle.

Colorado potato beetle

noun

a black and yellow leaf beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, originally of Colorado and neighboring states but now a common pest in all potato-growing regions of the U.S.

Origin of Colorado potato beetle

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
Also called Colorado beetle, potato beetle, potatobug.
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British Dictionary definitions for potato beetle

potato beetle

noun

another name for the Colorado beetle
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