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Any of various small plant-feeding insects of the superfamily Coccoidea that secrete a waxy substance covering the body and are often agricultural pests. Also called coccid.
(Animals) any small homopterous insect of the family Coccidae and related families, which typically live and feed on plants and secrete a protective scale around themselves. Many species, such as the San Jose scale, are important pests
any of numerous small plant-sucking insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the females of which are often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales.
Any of various small insects related to the aphids. The young suck juices from plants, and the adult females live under waxy, scale-like shells that they secrete on plant tissue. Scale insects can be very destructive to plants.
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|Noun||1.||scale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering|
coccid insect - scale insects and mealybugs
soft scale - an insect active in all stages
wax insect - any of various insects that secrete a waxy substance
armored scale - insect having a firm covering of wax especially in the female