Definition of Cercopidae
: a family of insects (suborder Homoptera) including the froghoppers that suck the juices of plants and live in a mass of froth which they secrete
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Origin and Etymology of cercopidae
New Latin, from Cercopis, type genus (probably modification of Greek kerkōpē long-tailed cicada, alteration of kerkōps, a long-tailed ape & Kerkōps, one of a pair of malicious brothers captured by Heracles, from kerk- cerc- + ōps eye, face) + -idae
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