noun hel·o·pel·tis \ˌhelōˈpeltə̇s\

Definition of helopeltis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of tropical mirid bugs including several that attack economically important plants

  2. 2 plural -es :  any bug of the genus Helopeltis; specifically :  tea mosquito

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Origin and Etymology of helopeltis

New Latin, from 1helo- + -peltis (from Greek peltē shield)

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