- See under phylloxera.
[fil-uh k-seer-uh, fi-lok-ser-uh]
- any of several plant lice of the genus Phylloxera, especially P. vitifoliae (grape phylloxera), which attacks the leaves and roots of grapevines.
Origin of phylloxera
1865–70; < New Latin (1834) < Greek phyllo- phyllo- + xērá, feminine of xērós dry; so named in reference to the dessication of leaves caused by some species
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- any homopterous insect of the genus Phylloxera, such as P. vitifolia (or Viteus vitifolii) (vine phylloxera), typically feeding on plant juices, esp of vines: family Phylloxeridae
C19: from New Latin phyllo- + Greek xēros dry
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