leaf miner


Definition of 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

This is when citrus leaf miner moths lay their eggs that hatch into larvae to tunnel within the leaves. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 To keep leaf miners and other pests away, simply place row covers over your beets during the insects' busiest time between May and late June. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How (And Why) To Grow And Eat More Beets," 18 Apr. 2017 Pests controlled: Use horticultural oils to combat aphids, mites, beetles, leaf miners, caterpillars, thrips, leafhoppers, and whiteflies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 In a few weeks, the aspen leaf miners will turn many of those leaves into silver potato chips. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018 Examples include: garlic planted near roses helps keep the aphid population in check; radishes alongside spinach will keep the leaf miners away; tall flowers provide shade for lettuce. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring," 1 Mar. 2018 Also check out the possibility of a leaf miner problem. OregonLive.com, "To top or not to top a tree and how to fight stink bugs: Ask an expert," 4 Nov. 2017

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

See More

First Known Use of leaf miner

1830, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leaf miner

Share leaf miner

Statistics for leaf miner

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for leaf miner

The first known use of leaf miner was in 1830

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on leaf miner

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with leaf miner

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about leaf miner

Comments on leaf miner

What made you want to look up leaf miner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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