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phylloxera

[ fil-uhk-seer-uh, fi-lok-ser-uh ]
/ ˌfɪl əkˈsɪər ə, fɪˈlɒk sər ə /
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noun, plural phyl·lox·e·rae [fil-uhk-seer-ee, fi-lok-suh-ree], /ˌfɪl əkˈsɪər i, fɪˈlɒk səˌri/, phyl·lox·e·ras.

any of several plant lice of the genus Phylloxera, especially P. vitifoliae(grape phylloxera ), which attacks the leaves and roots of grapevines.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for phylloxera

phylloxera
/ (ˌfɪlɒkˈsɪərə, fɪˈlɒksərə) /

noun plural -rae (-riː) or -ras

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

Word Origin for phylloxera

C19: from New Latin phyllo- + Greek xēros dry
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