wax insect


noun

any of several scale insects that secrete a commercially valuable waxy substance, especially a Chinese scale insect, Ericerus pe-la.

Nearby words

  1. wax and wane,
  2. wax bean,
  3. wax cap,
  4. wax flower,
  5. wax gourd,
  6. wax jack,
  7. wax light,
  8. wax moth,
  9. wax museum,
  10. wax myrtle

Origin of wax insect

First recorded in 1805–15

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British Dictionary definitions for wax insect

wax insect

noun

any of various scale insects that secrete wax or a waxy substance, esp the oriental species Ceroplastes ceriferus, which produces Chinese wax
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