San Jose scale

San Jo·​se scale | \ ˌsa-nə-ˈzā- How to pronounce San Jose scale (audio) , ˌsan-(h)ō- \

Definition of San Jose scale

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

First Known Use of San Jose scale

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for San Jose scale

San Jose, California

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“San Jose scale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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