Definition of Adelges
: a genus of aphids related to phylloxerans and feeding chiefly on spruce and balsam on which they often cause damaging and unsightly galls
adelgid\ə-ˈdel-jəd\ adjective or noun
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Origin and Etymology of adelges
borrowed from New Latin, probably extracted from Phytadelges, proposed division of hemipteran insects, from phyt- phyto- + adelg- (perhaps erroneously for Greek amélgein “to milk, extract” + Greek -ēs, adjective suffix
First Known Use: 1837
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