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San Jose scale

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noun San Jo·se scale \ˌsa-nə-ˈzā-, ˌsan-(h)ō-\

Definition of San Jose scale

  1. :  a scale insect (Quadraspidiotus perniciosus) probably of Asian origin that is naturalized in the United States and is destructive to fruit trees



Origin of san jose scale

San Jose, California


First Known Use: 1887


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