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scale insect

noun

Definition of scale insect

  1. :  any of numerous small prolific homopterous insects (superfamily Coccoidea) that have winged males, wingless scale-covered females attached to the host plant, and young that suck the juices of plants and some of which are serious pests



1840

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1840



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