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

Definition of aphis

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

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APHIS documents served as crucial primary evidence in a yearlong Mother Jones investigation of Ringling Bros. Circus’s allegedly horrific treatment of elephants. National Geographic, "U.S. Animal Abuse Records Deleted—What We Stand to Lose," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of aphis

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphis

New Latin Aphid-, Aphis, genus name

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