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

Examples of elm leaf beetle in a Sentence

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elm leaf beetle was in 1881

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“Elm leaf beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm%20leaf%20beetle. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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