Share this entry

Share this page

mealybug

Syllabification: meal·y·bug
Pronunciation: /ˈmēlēbəɡ
 
/
(also mealy bug)

Definition of mealybug in English:

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.

Definition of mealybug in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…