psyl·​la ˈsi-lə How to pronounce psylla (audio)
: any of various plant lice (family Psyllidae) including economically important plant pests compare pear psylla

Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek, flea; akin to Latin pulex flea, Sanskrit pluṣi

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psylla was in 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Psylla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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