leaf·​hop·​per ˈlēf-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce leafhopper (audio)
: 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 These sprays are great for controlling mites, aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and hard scale insects. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2024 The larvae also consume other soft-bodied prey, including mealybugs, scales, chilli thrips, thrips, leafhoppers, and spider mites and their eggs. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023 Fatty acid salts or insecticidal soaps can be a good choice against leafhoppers. oregonlive, 3 June 2023 Neem oil is labeled for soft-bodied pests such as aphids, beetle larvae, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs, thrips, spider mites, and whiteflies. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 May 2023 Still others had noted candy-stripers using no web at all while nabbing nimble leafhoppers. Lesley Evans Ogden, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2023 First detected in Tahiti, the half-inch-long, mottled brown leafhopper carries a plant disease-causing bacterium, and the insect had spread to other islands in French Polynesia. Melba Newsome, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2014 The key vector for aster yellows is the aster leafhopper. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2022 This has to be a leafhopper, Cicadellidae (Jassidae). Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leafhopper was in 1838

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“Leafhopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leafhopper. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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leaf·​hop·​per ˈlēf-ˌhäp-ər How to pronounce leafhopper (audio)
: any of numerous small leaping insects that are related to the cicadas and aphids and suck the juices of plants

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