noun As·pid·i·o·tus \(ˌ)aˌspidēˈōtəs\

Definition of Aspidiotus

  1. :  a genus of armored scales including the San Jose scale and several others that are very destructive to orchard trees

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Origin and Etymology of aspidiotus

New Latin, modification of Greek aspidiōtēs one bearing a shield, from aspid-, aspis shield

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to criticize severely

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