aphis

[ey-fis, af-is]

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

APHIS

  1. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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aphis

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

Word Origin for aphis

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