phylloxera

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noun phyl·lox·e·ra \ˌfi-ˌläk-ˈsir-ə, fə-ˈläk-sə-rə\

Definition of phylloxera

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of phylloxera

New Latin, from phyll- + Greek xēros dry


First Known Use: 1880


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