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.
Also psyl·lid [sil-id] /ˈsɪl ɪd/.
Origin of psylla
< New Latin (1811) Psylla genus name < Greek psýlla flea
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Examples from the Web for psyllid
The Flea-lice (Psyllid) frequently produce galls, and these should always be collected with the insect architects.
In fact, this fluid would seem to be produced by most of the Rhynchota, for the Psyllid and Aleurodid also excrete it.
- any homopterous insect of the family Psyllidae, which comprises the jumping plant liceSee plant louse (def. 2)
C19: from Greek psulla flea