Definition of varroa in English:

varroa

Syllabification: var·ro·a
Pronunciation: /ˈvarəwə
 
/
(also varroa mite)

noun

  • A microscopic mite that is a debilitating parasite of the honeybee, causing loss of honey production.
    • Varroa jacobsoni, order (or subclass) Acari
    More example sentences
    • Among the greatest problems is the varroa mite, a bloodsucking parasite that attacks young and adult honeybees.
    • Monthly samples of the fallen varroa showed that the screen insert reduced the mite populations by about 15 percent.
    • Earlier this year a dead varroa mite was found in a hive in North Canterbury, prompting a major investigation by MAF and restrictions on the area.

Origin

1970s: modern Latin, from Varro, Marcus Terentius (with reference to his work on beekeeping) + -a1.

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