beet leafhopper


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beet leafhopper

n.
A small insect (Circulifer tenellus) that transmits the viral disease curly top to sugar beets and other plants.

beet′ leaf`hopper


n.
a leafhopper, Circulifer tenellus, of the W U.S., a vector of a destructive viral disease of plants, esp. in beets.
[1915]
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