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plant louse

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noun
  1. aphid.
  2. any of various related insects having similar habits.
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Origin of plant louse

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for plant louse

Historical Examples

  • Perhaps the first battle will have to be fought with the aphis, or plant-louse.

    ABC of Gardening

    Eben Eugene Rexford

  • Although the honeydew does not come from the little tubes on the back of the plant-louse, yet those tubes have their uses.

  • On the 4th of August, about one o'clock in the afternoon, I put into solitary confinement a plant-louse of the third generation.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • The Red Ant (Formica rufa) is singularly adroit in seizing the droplet left it by the plant-louse.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • On one of these leaves he placed a plant-louse, which was born under his own eyes, of a wingless mother.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier


British Dictionary definitions for plant louse

plant louse

noun
  1. another name for an aphid
  2. jumping plant louse any small active cicada-like insect of the homopterous family Psyllidae (or Chermidae), having hind legs adapted for leaping, and feeding on plant juices
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