Definition of cotton stainer in English:

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cotton stainer

noun

A North American bug that feeds on cotton bolls, causing reddish staining of the fibers.
  • Genus Dysdercus, family Pyrrhocoridae, suborder Heteroptera: several species, in particular D. suturellus.
Example sentences
  • Empty weavers' nests dangled from lifeless tree branches and flea beetles and cotton stainer bugs provided the only movement in that empty place.
  • The life cycles of the pale cotton stainer and the cotton harlequin bug have not been fully studied.
  • When these antihormones are applied to immature cotton stainers and Mexican bean beetles, the insects grow into sterile adults.

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Syllabification: cot·ton stain·er

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