San-jose-scale meaning

san hōzā
A destructive scale insect (Quadraspidiotus perniciosus) that infests the bark, foliage, and fruit of fruit trees.
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A scale insect (Quadraspidiotus perniciosus) that is very destructive to fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.
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Origin of san-jose-scale

  • After San Jose California

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition