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Any of numerous small insects of the family Cicadellidae that jump or hop readily and suck juices from plants, sometimes damaging crops.


(ˈlifˌhɒp ər)

any of numerous slender, sap-sucking homopterous insects, of the family Cicadellidae, that leap from leaf to leaf, sometimes spreading plant diseases.
[1850–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leafhopper - small leaping insect that sucks the juices of plantsleafhopper - small leaping insect that sucks the juices of plants
homopteran, homopterous insect - insects having membranous forewings and hind wings
family Jassidae, Jassidae - family of small leafhoppers coextensive with the Cicadellidae and not distinguished from it in some classifications
jassid - a variety of leafhopper
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