purple scale

noun

: a brownish or purplish armored scale (Lepidosaphes beckii) that is destructive to citrus fruit

Examples of purple scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first photo, Trainor is a very convincing Celia next to Riley’s version of his mother’s costume with purple scales and tentacle-like arm sleeves. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purple scale was circa 1909

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“Purple scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20scale. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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