flea beetle

flea beetle
flea′ bee`tle
ent any of numerous tiny leaf beetles of the subfamily Alticinae, having enlarged hind legs adapted for jumping
Etymology: 1835–45

From formal English to slang. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Flea-beetle — Flea bee tle, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A small beetle of the family {Halticid[ae]}, of many species. They have strong posterior legs and leap like fleas. The turnip flea beetle ({Phyllotreta vittata}) and that of the grapevine ({Graptodera chalybea}) are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flea-beetle — fleaˈ beetle noun A jumping beetle that infests various vegetables, eg turnips and cabbages • • • Main Entry: ↑flea …   Useful english dictionary

  • flea beetle — n. any of a number of small jumping beetles (family Chrysomelidae) that feed chiefly on leaves and shoots of plants …   English World dictionary

  • Flea beetle — Taxobox name = Flea beetles image width = 240px image caption = Phyllotreta vittula with characteristic feeding damage to Brassicaceae leaf regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota… …   Wikipedia

  • flea beetle — any leaf beetle of the genera Haltica, Epitrix, etc., the various species of which have the rear legs adapted for jumping. [1835 45] * * * Any member of the beetle subfamily Alticinae (family Chrysomelidae), found worldwide. It is tiny (less than …   Universalium

  • flea beetle — noun any small leaf beetle having enlarged hind legs and capable of jumping • Hypernyms: ↑leaf beetle, ↑chrysomelid …   Useful english dictionary

  • flea beetle — noun a small jumping leaf beetle that can be a pest of plants such as crucifers. [Phyllotreta and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • flea beetle — noun Date: 1842 any of a subfamily (Alticinae, especially genera Alticia and Epitrix) of small chrysomelid beetles with legs adapted for leaping that feed on foliage and include some that are agricultural pests …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flea-beetle — /ˈfli bitl/ (say flee beetl) noun any of certain leaf beetles, noted for their ability to leap …   Australian English dictionary

  • Striped flea beetle — Taxobox name = striped flea beetle image width = 250px image caption = regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Coleoptera familia = Chrysomelidae subfamilia = Galerucinae tribus = Alticini genus = Phyllotreta species = P.… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.