Definition of mealybug in English:

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mealybug

Pronunciation: /ˈmēlēbəɡ/
(also mealy bug)

noun

A small, sap-sucking scale insect that is coated with a white, powdery wax that resembles meal. It forms large colonies and can be a serious pest, especially in greenhouses.
  • Family Pseudococcidae, suborder Homoptera: Pseudococcus and other genera.
Example sentences
  • They dart among flowers and lay eggs among clusters of aphids, mealy bugs, mites, scale and other pests where their larvae can feed.
  • Insects such as ants, mealy bugs and thrips have been found in 37 out of 43 shipments, which then needed fumigation.
  • Other common pests include spider mites and mealy bugs.

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Syllabification: meal·y·bug

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