tortoise beetle

[ tawr-tuhs beet-l ]

  1. any of several turtle-shaped leaf beetles, as Chelymorpha cassidea(argus tortoise beetle, or milkweed tortoise beetle ), which resembles the ladybird beetle and feeds primarily on bindweed and milkweed.

Origin of tortoise beetle

First recorded in 1705–15

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British Dictionary definitions for tortoise beetle

tortoise beetle

  1. a metallic-coloured leaf beetle of the genus Cassida, in which the elytra and terga cover the body like a shell

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