leaf miner

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 1 Oct. 2022 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, 1 Oct. 2022 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, 1 Oct. 2022 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, 1 Oct. 2022 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, 1 Oct. 2022 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, 1 Oct. 2022 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, 1 Oct. 2022 Every tomato plant has a few leaf miner trails streaking through some of their leaves without causing major harm. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

leaf miner

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

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