Meaning of soft scale

soft' scale"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of numerous homopterous insect pests of the family Coccidae, as leafhoppers, aphids, and whiteflies, that are destructive to crops, shade and fruit trees, and various houseplants.
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