wax insect

wax in·sect
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waks in-sekt]
    • /wæks ˈɪn sɛkt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waks in-sekt]
    • /wæks ˈɪn sɛkt/

Definitions of wax insect words

  • noun wax insect any of several scale insects that secrete a commercially valuable waxy substance, especially a Chinese scale insect, Ericerus pe-la. 1
  • noun wax insect any of various scale insects that secrete wax or a waxy substance, esp the oriental species Ceroplastes ceriferus, which produces Chinese wax 0
  • noun wax insect any of various homopteran insects, esp. scale insects, that secrete a waxy substance sometimes used commercially; specif., a Chinese scale insect (Ericerus pela) 0

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Origin of wax insect

First appearance:

before 1805
One of the 41% newest English words
First recorded in 1805-15

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wax insect popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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