Plant bug

Plant bug
Plant Plant, n. [AS. plante, L. planta.] 1. A vegetable; an organized living being, generally without feeling and voluntary motion, and having, when complete, a root, stem, and leaves, though consisting sometimes only of a single leafy expansion, or a series of cellules, or even a single cellule. [1913 Webster]

Note: Plants are divided by their structure and methods of reproduction into two series, ph[ae]nogamous or flowering plants, which have true flowers and seeds, and cryptogamous or flowerless plants, which have no flowers, and reproduce by minute one-celled spores. In both series are minute and simple forms and others of great size and complexity. [1913 Webster] As to their mode of nutrition, plants may be considered as self-supporting and dependent. Self-supporting plants always contain chlorophyll, and subsist on air and moisture and the matter dissolved in moisture, and as a general rule they excrete oxygen, and use the carbonic acid to combine with water and form the material for their tissues. Dependent plants comprise all fungi and many flowering plants of a parasitic or saprophytic nature. As a rule, they have no chlorophyll, and subsist mainly or wholly on matter already organized, thus utilizing carbon compounds already existing, and not excreting oxygen. But there are plants which are partly dependent and partly self-supporting. [1913 Webster] The movements of climbing plants, of some insectivorous plants, of leaves, stamens, or pistils in certain plants, and the ciliary motion of zo["o]spores, etc., may be considered a kind of voluntary motion. [1913 Webster]

2. A bush, or young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff. ``A plant of stubborn oak.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. The sole of the foot. [R.] ``Knotty legs and plants of clay.'' --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Com.) The whole machinery and apparatus employed in carrying on a trade or mechanical business; also, sometimes including real estate, and whatever represents investment of capital in the means of carrying on a business, but not including material worked upon or finished products; as, the plant of a foundry, a mill, or a railroad. [1913 Webster]

5. A plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

It was n't a bad plant, that of mine, on Fikey. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) (a) An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth. (b) A young oyster suitable for transplanting. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

{Plant bug} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous hemipterous insects which injure the foliage of plants, as {Lygus lineolaris}, which damages wheat and trees.

{Plant cutter} (Zo["o]l.), a South American passerine bird of the genus {Phytotoma}, family {Phytotomid[ae]}. It has a serrated bill with which it cuts off the young shoots and buds of plants, often doing much injury.

{Plant louse} (Zo["o]l.), any small hemipterous insect which infests plants, especially those of the families {Aphid[ae]} and {Psyllid[ae]}; an aphid. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • plant bug — any of numerous, often brightly colored hemipterous insects of the family Miridae that feed on the juices of plants. Also called capsid, leaf bug. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect       any member of two families of the insect order Heteroptera.… …   Universalium

  • plant bug — noun small bright colored insect that feeds on plant juices • Syn: ↑leaf bug • Hypernyms: ↑hemipterous insect, ↑bug, ↑hemipteran, ↑hemipteron • Hyponyms: ↑mirid bug, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • plant-bug — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tarnished plant bug — Taxobox | name = Tarnished plant bug image width = 220px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hemiptera familia = Miridae genus = Lygus species = L. lineolaris binomial = Lygus lineolaris binomial authority = (Palisot de …   Wikipedia

  • tarnished plant bug — tar′nished plant′ bug n. ent a sucking bug, Lygus lineolaris, that is a common pest of legumes and fruit trees • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • four-lined plant bug — noun yellow or orange leaf bug with four black stripes down the back; widespread in central and eastern North America • Syn: ↑four lined leaf bug, ↑Poecilocapsus lineatus • Hypernyms: ↑mirid bug, ↑mirid, ↑capsid • Member Holonyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • tarnished plant bug — noun widespread plant and fruit pest • Syn: ↑Lygus lineolaris • Hypernyms: ↑lygus bug …   Useful english dictionary

  • tarnished plant bug — noun Date: 1902 a common hemipterous brownish bug (Lygus lineolaris) of eastern North America that causes injury to plants especially by sucking sap from buds, leaves, and fruits …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scentless plant bug. — See rhopalid bug. * * * …   Universalium

  • tarnished plant bug — a bug, Lygus lineolaris, of the family Miridae, that is a common and widely distributed pest of alfalfa and other legumes and of peach and other fruit trees. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium