American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An aphid, especially one of the genus Aphis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of small plant-sucking insects, of the family Aphididœ and order Homoptera. They multiply by parthenogenesis and very rapidly. From a pair of honey-tubes, near the end of the abdomen, they emit a saccharine fluid, known as honey-dew and aphis-sugar, which is greedily devoured by ants. They are very destructive to tender plants, upon which they congregate in enormous numbers.
- n. [lowercase] A plant-louse. [In this sense the plural aphides (af'i-dēz) is used.]
- n. An aphid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera and family
Aphidæ, including numerous species known as plant lice and green flies.
- n. type genus of the Aphididae: injurious to fruit trees and vegetables
- Latin (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Aphis, genus name. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When he took up the word aphis, first used by Linnaeus, he wrote to the Linnaean Society to ask its origin.”
“The little green insects so frequently seen on house-plants, are called aphis (plural aphides), plant-lice, or green-fly.”
“And watch sharply for the green aphis, which is the most dangerous insect pest.”
“They even learned to kill the little soft white creature called aphis by putting under the plant a pan of hot coals with tobacco thrown on them.”
“The "ants 'cow" is a species of insect called "aphis" that secretes from its food a sweet kind of fluid called "honey dew.”
“In fact, of the twenty rose-trees which formed the parterre, not one bore the mark of the slug, nor were there evidences anywhere of the clustering aphis which is so destructive to plants growing in a damp soil.”
“They are called aphis-lions because they are very cruel to the little green plant-lice I told you about.”
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“Eat the aphis, little hunterkiller, so that the roses may thrive.”
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