treehopper

noun
tree·​hop·​per | \ ˈtrē-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce treehopper (audio) \

Definition of treehopper

: any of a family (Membracidae) of small leaping homopterous insects that feed on the sap especially of shrubs and trees

Examples of treehopper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See a small fiddler crab scuttling along a log; a skink's dark and half-closed eye; a tiny green buffalo treehopper clinging, upside-down, to a leaf; a Brazilian verbena flower so small that dozens could fit on a quarter. Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 Morris, who studies entomology, named the species after the pop diva in an attempt to highlight treehoppers. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 10 Mar. 2020 According to researchers, treehoppers suck on plant juices, sing to each other by vibrating plant stems, and are a vital food source for other forest creatures. Fox News, 13 Mar. 2020 The treehopper insect from Nicaragua, known as Kaikaia gaga, certainly brings to mind the singer's bizarre, colorful costumes. Fox News, 13 Mar. 2020 But treehoppers have never gotten their due, according to Brendan Morris, an entomology graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studied and named the new insect. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 11 Mar. 2020 The specimen has features that appeared different from the other treehoppers collected. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 10 Mar. 2020 As their name suggests, treehoppers are capable of some amazing acrobatics. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019 The case of the treehopper helmet isn’t fully closed, though. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of treehopper

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Treehopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treehopper. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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