aphis

noun
\ ˈā-fəs How to pronounce aphis (audio) also ˈa-fəs \
plural aphides\ ˈā-​fə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce aphis (audio) , ˈa-​fə-​ \

Definition of aphis

: any of a genus (Aphis) of aphids broadly : aphid

First Known Use of aphis

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphis

borrowed from New Latin Aphid-, stem of Aphis, genus name, of obscure origin

Note: The genus name Aphis was introduced by linnaeus in Systema naturae, Edition decima, Tomus I (Stockholm, 1758), p. 451. No indication of origin or earlier use of the name is given. As the Oxford English Dictionary, first edition, notes, a number of purely speculative Greek etymologies are adduced by George Bowdler Bucton in Monograph of the British Aphides, vol. 1 (London, 1876), pp. 4-5.

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“Aphis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphis. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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