psyllid

noun
psyl·​lid | \ ˈsi-ləd How to pronounce psyllid (audio) \

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psyllid adjective

Examples of psyllid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, the psyllids never got the memo.’’ Jackson is a relative newcomer to the citrus business. Duncan Strauss, BostonGlobe.com, "Dogs are helping save Florida’s citrus groves from a devastating disease," 18 Jan. 2020 In Ventura County, growers spray pesticides to get rid of the psyllid. Washington Post, "New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease," 26 Sep. 2019 One was Carsonella ruddii, from that psyllid from the Mexican restaurant, which proved to have just 160,000 bases compared with E. coli's 5 million bases and Buchnera's 640,000. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A love of insects and their microbial partners helped this biologist reveal secrets of symbiosis," 14 Nov. 2019 Her work on psyllids, aphids, and other sap-sucking insects has uncovered intricate, intertwined relationships with internal bacteria, which help them survive on a meager diet of plant juices. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A love of insects and their microbial partners helped this biologist reveal secrets of symbiosis," 14 Nov. 2019 That included injection of the insecticide imidacloprid into the tree to combat lerp psyllids, a type of insect that sucks nutrients from leaves and causes them to shed. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Ailing eucalyptus tree outside Laguna’s Urth Caffe to come down after years of attempts to save it," 30 Sep. 2019 Farmers now cover fruit transported throughout the state to prevent the psyllid, an insect that feeds on trees and can carry the disease, from moving to new communities. Washington Post, "New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease," 26 Sep. 2019 This effort could prove similar to what CalTrans did in the early 1990s, when the thousands of California pepper trees planted along freeways were imperiled by an insect called the pepper psyllid. Thomas D. Elias, The Mercury News, "Opinion: The end in sight for a perilous pesticide in California," 3 Sep. 2019 The highway department imported millions of tiny insects from Peru that were known to feast on psyllids but do other harm, and today there is no more psyllid threat. Thomas D. Elias, The Mercury News, "Opinion: The end in sight for a perilous pesticide in California," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of psyllid

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psyllid

ultimately from New Latin Psylla

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The first known use of psyllid was in 1909

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3 Feb 2020

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“Psyllid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psyllid. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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