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aphid Line breaks: aphid
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪfɪd/

Definition of aphid in English:


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A small bug which feeds by sucking sap from plants; a blackfly or greenfly. Aphids reproduce rapidly, sometimes producing live young without mating, and large numbers can cause extensive damage to plants.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with aphid

unheralded • triffid
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