tortoise beetle

noun

Definition of tortoise beetle

: any of various chrysomelid beetles (subfamily Cassidinae) with leaf-eating larvae

Examples of tortoise beetle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Larvae of Chelymorpha alternans, commonly known as tortoise beetles, shroud themselves for protection with fecal coverings in the form of coatings, fecal cases or fecal shields. Prayan Pokharel, Smithsonian, 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tortoise beetle

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tortoise beetle was circa 1711

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“Tortoise beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tortoise%20beetle. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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