[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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Examples from the Web for phylloxera
Phylloxera struck in the late 19th century, and in the 20th century, Soviet winemaking mandates encouraged quantity above quality.The Rebirth of Seriously Good Georgian Wines
February 15, 2014
The original vines on the estate perished in the late 19th century from oidium and phylloxera, and Klein Constantia shut down.Drink Like Nelson Mandela: South Africa’s Exciting New Wine
December 14, 2013
Want of rain and the phylloxera are constant anxieties at the Cape.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The winter egg may be taken as the beginning of the life cycle of the phylloxera.
Why may we not grow these grapes if we protect them from phylloxera, fungi and cold?
The roots are strong, thick, and very resistant to phylloxera.
Like those of Vulpina, the roots are slender, hard and resistant to phylloxera.
- 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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