aphid

noun
\ˈā-fəd also ˈa-fəd \

Definition of aphid 

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

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Wasps have lost their appetite for aphids by this time of summer. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Gardening: It’s summertime and 90-plus degrees, but think about fall harvest now," 6 July 2018 Corn earworms, cabbage loopers, aphids, and flea beetles may also become a problem. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 Wasps are notorious predators of agricultural pests, including whiteflies, aphids, moths, beetles and plant lice. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 Some of the most popular items on birds' menus include beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers and crickets. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 Some of the most popular items on birds' menus include beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers and crickets. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 All parts of the plant can be toxic if ingested –– except, alas, for such pests as cabbage worms, spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "What a showoff: Ghostly Brugmansia delivers spectacular garden blooms," 22 June 2018 Luckily, so are ladybugs, which prey on aphids and keep them in check. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden," 1 June 2018 Damsel Bugs Damsel bugs feed on aphids, small caterpillars, leafhoppers, thrips, and other pesky pests. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016

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First Known Use of aphid

1827, in the meaning defined above

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aphid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aphid

: a very small insect that harms plants

aphid

noun
\ˈā-fəd \

Kids Definition of aphid

: a small insect that sucks the juices of plants

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