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tortoise beetle

[ tawr-tuhs beet-l ]
/ ˈtɔr təs ˌbit l /
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noun

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.

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Origin of tortoise beetle

First recorded in 1705–15
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British Dictionary definitions for tortoise beetle

tortoise beetle

noun

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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