treehopper

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tree·hop·per

 (trē′hŏp′ər)
n.
Any of various small, chiefly tropical, plant-feeding insects of the family Membracidae, having an elongated often ornate prothorax.

treehopper

(ˈtriːˌhɒpə)
n
(Animals) any homopterous insect of the family Membracidae, which live among trees and other plants and typically have a large hoodlike thoracic process curving backwards over the body

tree•hop•per

(ˈtriˌhɒp ər)

n.
any of numerous sap-feeding jumping insects of the family Membracidae, having an extended upper back that often resembles a thorn.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.treehopper - small leaping insect that sucks juices of branches and twigstreehopper - small leaping insect that sucks juices of branches and twigs
plant hopper, planthopper - related to the leafhoppers and spittlebugs but rarely damages cultivated plants
family Membracidae, Membracidae - plant hoppers: treehoppers
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