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aphid

Syllabification: a·phid
Pronunciation: /ˈāfid
 
, ˈafid
 
/

Definition of aphid in English:

noun

A minute bug that feeds by sucking sap from plants. It reproduces rapidly, often producing live young without mating, and may live in large colonies that cause extensive damage to crops.
Example sentences
  • The gardener's friend, the busy little ladybird helps by eating aphids and greenfly.
  • As a group, aphids attack a plant by sucking its fluids from tender new growth.
  • Keep a look out for aphids on tender young growth or on plants that are stressed and unhappy.

Origin

late 19th century: back-formation from aphides, plural of aphis.

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