wax insect


noun

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

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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