Di·​a·​brot·​i·​ca | \ ˌdīəˈbrätə̇kə \

Definition of Diabrotica

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

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History and Etymology for Diabrotica

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 7 Jul. 2020.

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