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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Examples of tarnished plant bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other possible causes include frost injury to flowers and young fruits or tarnished plant bug injury. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 18 June 2021 Attacks of tarnished plant bugs show up as black joints or brown, sunken areas. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tarnished plant bug was in 1902

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“Tarnished plant bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarnished%20plant%20bug. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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