Definition of Colorado potato beetle in English:

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Colorado potato beetle

Pronunciation: /ˌkäləˌrädō pəˈtādō ˌbēdl/

noun

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A yellow- and black-striped leaf beetle native to North America. The larvae are highly destructive to potato plants and have occurred in many countries.
  • Leptinotarsa decemlineata, family Chrysomelidae.
Example sentences
  • And in the case of wasps, mosquitoes, Colorado beetles and ants, I actually do my own killing.
  • During the late 1940s I remember helping my uncle to search for Colorado beetles in his potato patch.
  • Different varieties of vegetables attract specific bad bugs - potatoes, for instance, are the favourite food of the Colorado beetle.

Origin

Late 19th century: named after the state of Colorado.

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Syllabification: Col·o·rad·o po·ta·to bee·tle

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