- any of the small homopterous insects of the family Aphididae, which feed by sucking the juices from plants
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a•phid /ˈeɪfɪd, ˈæfɪd/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Insectsa tiny insect that sucks the sap from the stems and leaves of various plants.
a•phid (ā′fid, af′id),USA pronunciation n.
(ā′fid, af′id),USA pronunciation adj., n.
- Insectsany of numerous tiny soft-bodied insects of the family Aphididae of worldwide distribution, that suck the sap from the stems and leaves of various plants, some developing wings when overcrowding occurs: an important pest of many fruit trees and vegetable crops. Also called plant louse.
- 1880–85; back formation from aphides, plural of aphis
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aphid /ˈeɪfɪd/ n
'aphid' also found in these entries:
American blight - adelgid - ant cow - aphid lion - aphis - balsam woolly aphid - bean aphid - blackfly - cabbage aphid - corn-leaf aphid - corn-root aphid - cornfield ant - green peach aphid - greenbug - greenfly - pale chrysanthemum aphid - pea aphid - pine leaf aphid - plant louse - rose aphid - siphuncle - spinach aphid - spotted alfalfa aphid - spruce gall aphid - tobacco aphid - woolly aphid