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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

scale′ in`sect(n.)

  1. any of numerous small plant-sucking insects of the superfamily Coccoidea, the females of which are often covered by a waxy secretion resembling scales.

    Category: Entomology

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scale insect(noun)

    small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering


  1. Scale insect

    The scale insects are small insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Sternorrhyncha. They comprise the superfamily Coccoidea, previously placed in the now deprecated suborder Homoptera. There are about 8,000 described species of scale insects.


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