jumping plant louse


any of numerous lice, of the family Psyllidae, that feed on plant juices and are sometimes pests of fruits and vegetables.

Origin of jumping plant louse

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called psylla, psyllid.

Definition for psyllid (2 of 2)


[ sil-uh ]
/ ˈsɪl ə /


Also psyl·lid [sil-id] /ˈsɪl ɪd/.

Origin of psylla

< New Latin (1811) Psylla genus name < Greek psýlla flea
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British Dictionary definitions for psyllid


psylla (ˈsɪlə)

/ (ˈsɪlɪd) /


any homopterous insect of the family Psyllidae, which comprises the jumping plant liceSee plant louse (def. 2)

Word Origin for psyllid

C19: from Greek psulla flea
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