wax insect


Definition of wax insect

1 : any of several scales of the family Coccidae that secrete a wax from their bodies especially : a Chinese scale (Ericerus pe-la) that yields much of the commercial Chinese wax
2 : any of several homopterous insects of the family Fulgoridae that secrete a wax used by the Chinese (as for candles)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More about wax insect

Share wax insect

Dictionary Entries near wax insect

wax hair



wax insect

wax jack

wax light

wax lyrical

Statistics for wax insect

Look-up Popularity

Comments on wax insect

What made you want to look up wax insect? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!