leaf·​hop·​per | \ ˈlēf-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce leafhopper (audio) \

Definition of leafhopper

: any of a family (Cicadellidae) of small leaping homopterous insects that suck the juices of plants

Examples of leafhopper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This has to be a leafhopper, Cicadellidae (Jassidae). Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021 The tea-green leafhopper is allowed to feed on the tea bushes, and the insect bite changes the chemistry of the leaves, filling them with subtle pear, apple and sandalwood notes. Tom Parker Bowles, Robb Report, 14 June 2021 This leafhopper, for instance, is unlike anything that Javier Aznar, a Spanish photographer and biologist who has been fascinated by insects since childhood, had ever seen before. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2021 Workers harvest the tea leaves in the summer by hand, after the leafhoppers have their fill. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, 26 Nov. 2019 In leafhoppers, pronotum cells flipped their genes on and off much like cells in the rest of the thorax. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019 Green leafhoppers arrive each summer to feast on the sap of its growing tea leaf tips, and the insects’ tiny bites cause the leaves to become partially oxidized, resulting in their distinct scent and flavor. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, 26 Nov. 2019 For the next 15 years, Baumann, Moran, and their colleagues used similar DNA analyses to document equally long-term relationships between bacteria and white flies, spittlebugs, cicadas, leafhoppers, and psyllids. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 14 Nov. 2019 Legions of professional entomologists fret about sawflies, ambrosia beetles, scale insects and leafhoppers. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of leafhopper

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Leafhopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leafhopper. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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