Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small, soft-bodied insects of the family Aphididae that have mouthparts specially adapted for piercing and feed by sucking sap from plants. Also called plant louse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sapsucking pest insect of the superfamily Aphidoidea; an aphidian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the genus Aphis; an aphidian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An aphidian; a plant-louse; a member of the genus Aphis or family Aphididœce (which see). In the plural, the plant-lice: a general or indeterminate term for the members of the genus Aphis, of the family Aphididœce, or of the suborder Phytophthiria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small plant-sucking insects

Etymologies

New Latin Aphis, Aphid-, type genus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Modern Latin aphides, coined by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. His inspiration for the name remains unclear. OED suggests a connection to Ancient Greek αφειδής (apheidēs, "unsparing, lavishly borrowed") in reference to the insects' voracity or rapid rate of production. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Larvae, often called "aphid lions,"are among the most efficient predators of aphids.

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  • February 23rd, 2010 WASHINGTON - Scientists from more than 10 nations took part in the sequencing and analysis of the genome of the pea aphid, which is considered as the "mosquito" of the plant world.

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  • An adult wasp will strongly prefer to lay her eggs in the same kind of aphid in which she herself grew up.

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  • By changing the number of wasp species (one versus three) and whether each wasp species was a specialist (all of the individuals parasitizing just one kind of aphid) or a generalist (different individuals parasitizing different kinds of aphids), Finke and Snyder were able to separately test the effects of species number and resource use.

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  • What's special about the wasps, and what made them ideal for this study, is that individuals of one species can be raised to prefer one kind of aphid prey over all others.

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  • Pants (UID#2794) on August 31st, 2009 at 12: 28 am facepalm aphid

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  • The cucumber plant, alas, ended up disposed of, as the aphid infestation did it in despite the anti-aphid treatment.

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  • The picture below captures a ladybug munching on an unfortunate aphid.

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