wax insect


  • 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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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

In news:

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