- an aphid, especially of the genus Aphis.
Origin of aphis
1765–75; < New Latin, first recorded in a Gk lexicon of 1523 as áphis, with the Latin gloss cimex bedbug; perhaps originally a misreading of Greek kóris bug
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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Examples from the Web for aphis
The red spider and aphis have no special fondness for the Aster.
Other remedies for aphis are spraying with a hard stream of water.
The grain Aphis, in certain years, desolates our wheat fields.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
They are often accused by the careless observer of the injury, instead of the aphis.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained
The aphis clings to the ends of young shoots, and sucks out their sap.The Book of Roses
- any of various aphids constituting the genus Aphis, such as the blackfly
- any other aphid
C18: from New Latin (coined by Linnaeus for obscure reasons)
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