citrophilus mealybug

noun
ci·​troph·​i·​lus mealybug
variants: or less commonly citrophilous mealybug \ sə̇‧ˈträfələs-​ \

Definition of citrophilus mealybug

: a mealybug (Pseudococcus fragilis) especially destructive to citrus

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History and Etymology for citrophilus mealybug

citrophilus from New Latin, from citr- + -philus; citrophilous alteration (influenced by -philous) of citrophilus

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“Citrophilus mealybug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrophilus%20mealybug. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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