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Any of various scale insects that secrete a waxy substance, especially a Chinese species (Ericerus pela) formerly bred commercially for wax that was used chiefly in the production of candles.
(Animals) any of various scale insects that secrete wax or a waxy substance, esp the oriental species Ceroplastes ceriferus, which produces Chinese wax
any of several scale insects that secrete a commercially valuable waxy substance, esp. a Chinese scale insect, Ericerus pe-la.