mealybug definition

  • noun:
    • any one of various homopterous insects, specifically associated with family Pseudococcidae, some of which are destructive to citrus woods along with other plants.
    • any one of different insects of the family Pseudococcidae, that secrete a powdery wax as they are pests of fresh fruit trees.
    • some of several homopteran scale pests (because, Coccus adonidum, and associated types of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae), which cover on their own with a white powderlike or cottony wax secretion. These are generally common plant-eating insects in hothouses and so are additionally destructive of fresh fruit trees.
    • scalelike plant-eating pest coated with a powdery waxy release; destructive especially of fruit trees
    • scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive particularly of fruit trees

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