er·​i·​o·​phy·​id ˌer-ē-ˈä-fē-əd How to pronounce eriophyid (audio) -ē-ə-ˈfī-əd How to pronounce eriophyid (audio)
: any of a large family (Eriophyidae) of minute plant-feeding wormlike mites that have two pairs of legs and include gall mites and rust mites
eriophyid adjective

Examples of eriophyid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bushes are constantly checked for rosette disease, a lethal virus transmitted by eriophyid mites; and last February, Winter Storm Uri, a blizzard that affected large swaths of the Southwest, wiped out a number of the roses. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 The rose rosette virus is transmitted by an eriophyid mite and through grafts. oregonlive, 2 May 2021 Be sure to use a miticide that will control eriophyid mites. Tim Johnson,, 6 Sep. 2020

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Word History


ultimately from Greek erion wool + phyē growth; akin to Greek physis growth — more at physics

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eriophyid was in 1942

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“Eriophyid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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