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


  1. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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Examples from the Web for aphis

Historical Examples of aphis

  • The red spider and aphis have no special fondness for the Aster.

    The Mayflower, January, 1905


  • 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.

  • The aphis clings to the ends of young shoots, and sucks out their sap.

    The Book of Roses

    Francis Parkman

British Dictionary definitions for aphis


noun plural aphides (ˈeɪfɪˌdiːz)
  1. any of various aphids constituting the genus Aphis, such as the blackfly
  2. any other aphid
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Word Origin for aphis

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