aphid

noun

ˈā-fəd How to pronounce aphid (audio)
 also  ˈa-fəd
: 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 Yet despite its reputation as a vegetable that grows easily and abundantly, zucchini can actually fall victim to a range of diseases and pests, including leaf blight, bacterial wilt, squash bugs, aphids, and squash vine borer. Heather Bien, Southern Living, 3 July 2024 These peels repel cats and serve as a natural deterrent against common garden pests such as aphids and ants. Debbie Wolfe, Popular Science, 26 June 2024 In the process, ants shelter aphids from predators. Kate Armanini, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2024 That matters because ants usually farm sugar from aphids, which excrete honeydew. Kate Armanini, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for aphid 

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aphid was in 1827

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“Aphid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphid. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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aphid

noun
ˈā-fəd How to pronounce aphid (audio)
 also  ˈaf-əd
: any of numerous small soft-bodied insects that suck the juices of plants

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