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 As their name suggests, treehoppers are capable of some amazing acrobatics. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Treehoppers’ Bizarre, Wondrous Helmets Use Wing Genes to Grow," 9 Dec. 2019 The case of the treehopper helmet isn’t fully closed, though. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Treehoppers’ Bizarre, Wondrous Helmets Use Wing Genes to Grow," 9 Dec. 2019 The disease is transmitted solely by the haplaxius crudus, a tiny winged insect sometimes called the American palm cixiid or, generically, a treehopper. Washington Post, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 The disease is transmitted solely by the haplaxius crudus, a tiny winged insect sometimes called the American palm cixiid or, generically, a treehopper. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "A lethal disease spread by a tiny, tree-hopping insect is threatening Florida’s iconic palm trees," 19 Aug. 2019 The disease is transmitted solely by the haplaxius crudus, a tiny winged insect sometimes called the American palm cixiid or, generically, a treehopper. Terry Spencer, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 The disease is transmitted solely by the haplaxius crudus, a tiny winged insect sometimes called the American palm cixiid or, generically, a treehopper. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palms threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Those insects infected area palms, which infected native treehoppers. Washington Post, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Those insects infected area palms, which infected native treehoppers. Terry Spencer, chicagotribune.com, "A lethal disease spread by a tiny, tree-hopping insect is threatening Florida’s iconic palm trees," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of treehopper

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Treehopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treehopper. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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