\ 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 Insecticidal soaps can also give good aphid control. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "How to control aphids on hibiscus plants," 26 Sep. 2020 The reason: Those that remain will continue to give live birth to an already pregnant aphid every 20 minutes! oregonlive, "How to get rid of aphids on milkweed? Ask an expert," 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, "Planting invasive species could make our carbon problem worse," 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, "Neil Sperry: Bark-losing live oak could be rotting," 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, "How to tackle pests in your veggie garden or fruit plantings," 11 May 2020 Weather changes in the spring cause mild temporary stress, and the aphids appear. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "To keep pests out of your new garden, it’s all about maintaining a natural balance," 30 Mar. 2020 For insect pests, apply a horticultural oil in late winter to control aphids, mite eggs or scale. oregonlive, "Now’s the time for pruning and spraying apple trees: Here are some tips," 11 Feb. 2020 In the eighteen-sixties, a tiny aphid-like bug called phylloxera migrated from California to Europe, nearly pulping the French wine industry; in the nineteen-fifties, Panama disease eradicated the world’s favorite variety of banana, the Gros Michel. Kate Brown, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster," 13 Apr. 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 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aphid

: a very small insect that harms plants


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Kids Definition of aphid

: a small insect that sucks the juices of plants

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