aphid

[ˈeɪfɪd]

aphid Definition

a very small insect that feeds by sucking the sap from plants and can be a serious pest to crops and gardens.

Using aphid: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "aphid" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The rose bushes in my garden are infested with aphids.

  • Example

    The farmer had to use pesticides to control the aphid population on his crops.

  • Example

    The leaves of the plant were covered in sticky honeydew, a sign of aphid infestation.

aphid Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for aphid

Phrases with aphid

  • the larva of a lacewing insect that preys on aphids and other small insects

    Example

    The aphid lion is a natural predator of aphids and can help control their population.

  • a device used to attract and trap aphids, often used in organic gardening

    Example

    The gardener set up an aphid trap to catch and remove the pests from his plants.

  • aphid-resistant

    referring to a plant variety that is less susceptible to aphid infestation

    Example

    The farmer planted an aphid-resistant variety of wheat to reduce the need for pesticides.

Origins of aphid

from New Latin 'Aphidae', from Greek 'aphis' meaning 'plant louse'

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Summary: aphid in Brief

An 'aphid' [ˈeɪfɪd] is a very small insect that feeds by sucking the sap from plants and can be a serious pest to crops and gardens. It is commonly known as a 'plant louse' or 'greenfly.' Phrases like 'aphid lion,' 'aphid trap,' and 'aphid-resistant' refer to natural predators, devices, and plant varieties that help control aphid populations.