: a genus of small destructive leaf-eating beetles (family Galerucidae) that are usually greenish yellow with spots or stripes compare cucumber beetle

Word History


New Latin, from Greek diabrōtikē, feminine of diabrōtikos corrosive, from (assumed) diabrōtos (verbal of diabibrōskein to consume, corrode, from dia- + bibrōskein to devour) + -ikos -ic

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“Diabrotica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Diabrotica. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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