plural alienicolae
: a foreign inhabitant
specifically : an aphid of a seasonally migrating species (such as Aphis rumicis) that is developed and lives on the secondary or summer host plant, producing living young asexually

Word History


New Latin, from Latin alienus foreign + -i- + -cola (from colere to cultivate, dwell)

First Known Use

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alienicola was circa 1928

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“Alienicola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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