Definition of phylloxera
: any of several plant lice (family Phylloxeridae); especially : one (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae synonym Viteus vitifoliae) originally of North America but introduced into Europe and elsewhere that produces galls on the leaves and roots of grape vines and is a serious pest especially of vinifera grapes in wine-producing regions
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During the 19th century, many vineyards in Western European countries like France and Spain suffered from phylloxera, a microscopic aphid that attacks the grapevines’ roots and causes rot.
The popularity of Madeira, which comes from the Portuguese island of the same name, plummeted in the late 19th century with the arrival of phylloxera, a ravenous aphid that ravaged vineyards throughout Europe.
Back then, France, which had been devastated by phylloxera, an aphid that preys on grape roots, began buying wine from Etna.
But phylloxera arrived in Sicily in the 1930s, and war shortly after.
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Origin and Etymology of phylloxera
New Latin, from phyll- + Greek xēros dry
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
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