plant louse


noun
  1. any of various related insects having similar habits.

Origin of plant louse

1
First recorded in 1795–1805

Words Nearby plant louse

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How to use plant louse in a sentence

  • 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
  • When they have got possession of a plant-louse, they excite it to secrete this liquid, but without doing it any harm.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier
  • Sometimes house plants, and out-door plants as well, become covered with a small, green insect called the plant louse or aphis.

    The First Book of Farming | Charles L. Goodrich

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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