leaf miner


: any of various small insects (such as moths or dipteran flies) that in the larval stages burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves

Examples of leaf miner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pruning stimulates new growth, and those new leaves are leaf miners’ favorite, so the problem will only get worse. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 The culprits here are sucking insects such as leaf hoppers, aphids, thrips, chilli thrips, leaf miners or spider mites. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024 If those are missing, the FDA allows larvae of spinach worms or eight whole leaf miner bugs. Don’t forget the spices! Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 The leaf miner damage will also be limited to the new growth. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 27 Aug. 2023 Cutting off infected leaves causes the tree to make new leaves, which will also get infected with leaf miner. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 The culprit is citrus leaf miner — a tiny critter that burrows between the layers of leaf cells. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 Minor diseases like powdery mildew or nuisance pests like aphids are less of a concern, but more substantial diseases like downy mildew and pests like allium leaf miner are best managed with prevention. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2023 The most common are boxwood leaf miners and boxwood psyllids. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 27 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leaf miner was in 1830

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“Leaf miner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20miner. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

leaf miner

: any of various small insects that as larvae burrow in and eat the tissue of leaves

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