from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small insects of the genus Phylloxera that are related to aphids, especially P. vitifoliae, a widely distributed species very destructive to grape crops.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aphid, of the genus Phylloxera, that is very destructive to grape vines
- n. The diseased condition of a vine caused by this aphid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small hemipterous insect (Phylloxera vastatrix) allied to the aphids. It attacks the roots and leaves of the grapevine, doing great damage, especially in Europe.
- n. The diseased condition of a vine caused by the insect just described.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plant-lice or homopterous insects of the family Aphididæ and. subfamily Chermesinæ, usually of gall-making habits.
- n. [lowercase] A member of this genus, especially the species just named, known as the grape-vine phylloxera and vine-pest, the worst enemy of the European or vinifera grape.
- n. A genus of lepidopterous insects
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Phylloxeridae: plant lice
New Latin Phylloxēra, genus name : Greek phullo-, phyllo- + Greek xēros, dry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek φύλλον (phyllon, "leaf") + ξηρός (xeros, "dry") (Wiktionary)