A reddish-brown, oval mite (Varroa jacobsoni) that is a parasite of honeybees.(noun)
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Use "varroa" in a sentence
"Granma (which, now that I've said it a few times, is a really bad name for any magazine except the house organ of the American Association of Retired People) had "compelling" "evidence" of the U.S. attack, claiming that if the parasite, which is known as varroa, had infiltrated the island naturally, it would've spread from east to west."
"FLATOW: This was a really interesting story because I don't think many people realized how many bees were being killed by something called the varroa mite, really a tiny vampire which literally sucks the life out of a bee colony."
"Experts have said possible culprits are a pest called varroa, pesticides, climate change and loss of habitat."