Definition of tortoise beetle in English:

tortoise beetle

Syllabification: tor·toise bee·tle

Entry from US English dictionary


  • A small flattened leaf beetle with an enlarged thorax, having wing cases that cover the entire insect and provide camouflage and protection. The larva carries a construction of feces and molted skins for camouflage.
    • Cassida and other genera, family Chrysomelidae

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