rose slug

noun

: the green larva of either of two sawflies (Cladius difformis and Endelomyia aethiops) that feed on the parenchyma of and skeletonize the leaves of roses

Examples of rose slug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bristly rose slugs are the variety most commonly seen in San Diego rose gardens. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 Caterpillars, rose slugs, grasshoppers, spider mites and chilli thrips are the prime pests in the summer. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023 Rose pests in the spring include aphids, rose slugs, caterpillars, hoplia beetles and thrips. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rose slug was in 1840

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“Rose slug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rose%20slug. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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