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Any of various soft-bodied scale insects covered with a white powdery substance, especially of the family Pseudococcidae, some of which are destructive to ornamental and agricultural plants.


(ˈmi liˌbʌg)

any of several scalelike homopterous insects of the families Pseudococcidae and Eriococcidae that are covered with a powdery wax secretion and feed on plants.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mealybug - scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretionmealybug - scalelike plant-eating insect coated with a powdery waxy secretion; destructive especially of fruit trees
coccid insect - scale insects and mealybugs
family Pseudococcidae, Pseudococcidae - scalelike insects: mealybugs
Comstock mealybug, Comstock's mealybug, Pseudococcus comstocki - Asiatic insect introduced accidentally into United States; pest on citrus and apple trees
citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri - feeds on a wide variety of cultivated plants but especially destructive to citrus
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