elm leaf beetle

noun

: a small yellow to greenish black-striped Old World chrysomelid beetle (Pyrrhalta luteola) that in the larval and adult stage is a leaf-eating pest of elms in eastern North America

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Siberian elm, incorrectly called Chinese elm, has severe elm leaf beetle infestations and is susceptible to Dutch elm disease. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 The cedar elm will occasionally have aphids and minor elm leaf beetle damage. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'elm leaf beetle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elm leaf beetle was in 1881

Dictionary Entries Near elm leaf beetle

Cite this Entry

“Elm leaf beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm%20leaf%20beetle. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ