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phylloxera

[ fil-uhk-seer-uh, fi-lok-ser-uh ]
/ 藢f瑟l 蓹k藞s瑟蓹r 蓹, f瑟藞l蓲k s蓹r 蓹 /
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noun, plural phyl路lox路e路rae [fil-uhk-seer-ee, fi-lok-suh-ree], /藢f瑟l 蓹k藞s瑟蓹r i, f瑟藞l蓲k s蓹藢ri/, phyl路lox路e路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鈥70; <New Latin (1834) <Greek phyllo-phyllo- + x膿r谩, feminine of x膿r贸s dry; so named in reference to the dessication of leaves caused by some species
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British Dictionary definitions for phylloxera

phylloxera
/ (藢f瑟l蓲k藞s瑟蓹r蓹, f瑟藞l蓲ks蓹r蓹) /

noun plural -rae (-ri藧) 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 x膿ros dry
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