Rose slug

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rose slug (Zoöl) the small green larva of a black sawfly (Selandria rosæ). These larvæ feed in groups on the parenchyma of the leaves of rosebushes, and are often abundant and very destructive.
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Usage

In literature:

It was like killing slugs in a rose garden!
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
Do you pick slug-eaten roses and wind-fall blossoms?
"Rosemary and Rue" by Amber
Rose-slugs and rose-bugs are pests unheard of here.
"Palmetto-Leaves" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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In poetry:

The slow gray slug and snail have trailed
Their slimy silver up and down
The beds where once the moss-rose veiled
Rich beauty; and the mushroom brown
Swells where the lily tossed its crown.
"A Street Of Ghosts" by Madison Julius Cawein