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aphis

[ ey-fis, af-is ]
/ ˈeɪ fɪs, ˈæf ɪs /
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noun, plural a·phi·des [ey-fi-deez, af-i-]. /ˈeɪ fɪˌdiz, ˈæf ɪ-/.
an aphid, especially of the genus Aphis.
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Origin of aphis

First recorded in 1765–75; from New Latin, first recorded in a Greek lexicon of 1523 as áphis, with the Latin gloss cimex “bedbug”; perhaps originally a misreading of Greek kóris “bug”

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British Dictionary definitions for aphis

aphis
/ (ˈeɪfɪs) /

noun plural aphides (ˈeɪfɪˌdiːz)
any of various aphids constituting the genus Aphis, such as the blackfly
any other aphid

Word Origin for aphis

C18: from New Latin (coined by Linnaeus for obscure reasons)
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