from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A noted genus of Coccidæ of the subfamily Monophlebinæ, usually covered with wax and secreting their eggs in a long waxen mass which is often longitudinally ribbed.
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The latter, the _icerya purchasi_, or cottony cushion scale, was especially loathsome and destructive; whole orchards were enfeebled, and no way was discovered of staying its progress, which threatened also the olive and every other tree, shrub, and flower.
Our Italy Charles Dudley Warner 1864