\ ˈā-fəd How to pronounce aphid (audio) also ˈa-fəd \

Definition of aphid

: any of numerous very small soft-bodied homopterous insects (superfamily Aphidoidea) that suck the juices of plants

Examples of aphid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, a healthy aphid and milkweed bug population verifies there are no insecticides on the plant to threaten the monarchs’ well-being. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Left alone, predatory insects help keep the aphid and bug populations at reasonable levels and do not threaten the butterflies or their caterpillars. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Dinner was talk of his job and Melinda and the aphid. Morgan Thomas, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 Insecticidal soaps can also give good aphid control. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Sep. 2020 The reason: Those that remain will continue to give live birth to an already pregnant aphid every 20 minutes! oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2020 The ecologists also inoculated some of the pots with herbivorous invertebrates like beetles, moths, and aphids, while sparing others. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 28 May 2020 If not, the aphids are easily controlled with a spray application to the foliage later in the summer. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 28 May 2020 For example, aphids on the new growth of various plants can be easily killed with any of the mild organic sprays or soapy water mixtures. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of aphid

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Aphid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphid. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aphid

: a very small insect that harms plants


\ ˈā-fəd How to pronounce aphid (audio) \

Kids Definition of aphid

: a small insect that sucks the juices of plants

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