tarnished plant bug

noun

Definition of tarnished plant bug

: a common hemipterous brownish bug (Lygus lineolaris) of eastern North America that causes injury to plants especially by sucking sap from buds, leaves, and fruits

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Recent Examples on the Web Attacks of tarnished plant bugs show up as black joints or brown, sunken areas. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Crunchy Celery," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tarnished plant bug

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Tarnished plant bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarnished%20plant%20bug. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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