Definition of phylloxera in English:

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phylloxera

Pronunciation: /fəˈläks(ə)rə/
Pronunciation: /ˌfēˌläkˈsērə/

noun

A plant louse that is a pest of vines.
  • Phylloxera vitifoliae, family Phylloxeridae, suborder Homoptera.
Example sentences
  • While growing succeeded there for decades, a plague of the plant louse phylloxera, followed by Prohibition and then the Depression, set the region back for years.
  • They had replanted their land with vines after the phylloxera disaster, until a glut of cheap wine flooded the market, and they could no longer sell their only product.
  • More important was the wine boom in Spain and Italy in the 1880s which took advantage of the phylloxera epidemic in France.

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek phullon 'leaf' + xēros 'dry'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: phyl·lox·e·ra

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