Definition of aphis in English:

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aphis

Pronunciation: /ˈeɪfɪs/

noun (plural aphides /ˈeɪfɪdiːz/)

An aphid, especially one of the genus Aphis (which includes the common greenfly and blackfly).
Example sentences
  • The leaf-hopper can be disposed of in the same fashion as the aphides and slugs above mentioned.
  • In passing under a tree infested with aphides the drops can be felt like a fine rain.
  • Various parasites such as lice, ticks, mites, aphides and chiggers attack untreated and unprotected animals and plants.

Origin

Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, perhaps a misreading of koris 'bug' (interpreting the characters κορ 'kor' as αφ 'aph').

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