Definition of varroa in English:

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varroa

Pronunciation: /ˈvarəʊə/
(also varroa mite)

noun

A microscopic mite which is a debilitating parasite of the honeybee, causing loss of honey production.
  • Varroa jacobsoni, order (or subclass) Acari.
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 bee-keeping) + -a1.

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