wax insect

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wax insect any of various insects that secrete a waxy substance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wax insect (Zoöl) any one of several species of scale insects belonging to the family Coccidæ, which secrete from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially the Chinese wax insect (Coccus Sinensis) from which a large amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained. Called also pela.
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Usage

In literature:

Lac: a mixture of resin, wax and other substances produced by certain scale insects as a protective covering.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
There was another insect which spread white wax on the trees.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
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In news:

It's like an homage to the insects that produced the wax she so skillfully manipulates.
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