wax insect


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wax insect

n.
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.

wax insect

n
(Animals) any of various scale insects that secrete wax or a waxy substance, esp the oriental species Ceroplastes ceriferus, which produces Chinese wax

wax′ in`sect


n.
any of several scale insects that secrete a commercially valuable waxy substance, esp. a Chinese scale insect, Ericerus pe-la.
[1805–15]
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Noun1.wax insect - any of various insects that secrete a waxy substancewax insect - any of various insects that secrete a waxy substance
scale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering