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noun, plural green·flies.
  1. an aphid, Coloradoa rufomaculata, that is an important pest of chrysanthemums.
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Origin of greenfly

First recorded in 1680–90; green + fly2
Also called pale chrysanthemum aphid.
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Historical Examples of greenfly

  • The conditions for their growing are a cool temperature, frequent repotting and guarding against the attacks of the greenfly.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • The mischievous little aphides, or greenfly insects, also belong to this order.

British Dictionary definitions for greenfly


noun plural -flies
  1. a greenish aphid commonly occurring as a pest on garden and crop plants
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