purple scale

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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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 29 Jan. 2023.

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