pulvinaria

noun pul·vi·nar·ia \ˌpəlvəˈna(a)rēə\

Definition of pulvinaria

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of scales in which the females are large, flat, and nearly circular and secrete a cottony egg case — see cottony maple scale

  2. 2 plural -s :  any insect of the genus Pulvinaria

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Origin and Etymology of pulvinaria

New Latin, from Latin pulvinus cushion + New Latin -aria; from the appearance of the egg case


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