plural alienicolae\ -​ˌlē \

Definition of alienicola

: 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

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First Known Use of alienicola

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alienicola

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

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“Alienicola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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