tortoise beetle


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, "How Insect Poop Could Solve All Our Problems," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tortoise beetle

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Tortoise beetle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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