or pota·to bug
[ puh-tey-toh-buhg, -tey-tuh- ]
/ pəˈteɪ toʊˌbʌg, -ˈteɪ tə- /
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Origin of potatobug
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called potato beetle.
Definition for potato beetle (2 of 2)
Colorado potato beetle
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
another name for the Colorado beetle
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