aphid /ˈeɪfɪd/


I. noun

a small bug which feeds by sucking sap from plants; a blackfly or greenfly. Aphids reproduce rapidly, sometimes producing live young without mating, and large numbers can cause extensive damage to plants.

●Superfamily Aphidoidea, suborder Homoptera.
– origin late 19th cent.: back-formation from aphides, plural of aphis.

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