skel·​e·​ton·​iz·​er ˈske-lə-tə-ˌnī-zər How to pronounce skeletonizer (audio)
: any of various lepidopteran larvae that eat the parenchyma of leaves reducing them to a skeleton of veins

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Australia and New Zealand, a moth called the gum-leaf skeletonizer hoards its old heads, stacking them atop its current head like de-nested Matryoshka dolls. Sabrina Imbler, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skeletonizer was circa 1891

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“Skeletonizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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