- aphid (n.) 1884, anglicized from Mod.L. aphides, plural of aphis, coined by Linnaeus (1758), though where he got it and why he applied it to the plant louse are mysteries. The theory favored by OED as "least improbable" is that it derives from the plural of Gk. apheides "unsparing, lavishly bestowed," in reference either to the "prodigious rate of production" of the insects or their voracity. They also are known as ant-cows.
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aphid — aphid; aphid·i·dae; aphid·iv·o·rous; aphid·ol·o·gist; aphid·oph·a·gous; aphid·oph·i·lous; … English syllables
Aphid — A phid, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the genus Aphis; an aphidian. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
aphid — ► NOUN ▪ a greenfly or similar small insect feeding on the sap of plants. ORIGIN Greek aphis … English terms dictionary
aphid — [ā′fid, af′id] n. [< ModL aphis (pl. aphides); first applied by LINNAEUS Carolus prob. < MGr, misreading of Gr koris, a bug] any of a large family (Aphididae) of small, soft bodied homopteran insects that suck the juice from plants; plant… … English World dictionary
Aphid — This article is about the insect. For other uses, see Aphid (disambiguation). Aphids Temporal range: Permian–Present … Wikipedia
aphid — aphidian /euh fid ee euhn/, adj., n. aphidious, adj. /ay fid, af id/, n. any of numerous tiny soft bodied insects of the family Aphididae of worldwide distribution, that suck the sap from the stems and leaves of various plants, some developing… … Universalium
aphid — UK [ˈeɪfɪd] / US noun [countable] Word forms aphid : singular aphid plural aphids a very small insect that lives on plants and destroys them … English dictionary
aphid — noun Date: 1861 any of numerous very small soft bodied homopterous insects (superfamily Aphidoidea) that suck the juices of plants … New Collegiate Dictionary
aphid — noun ˈæfɪd Sapsucking pest insect of the superfamily Aphidoidea; an aphidian … Wiktionary
aphid — a|phid [ˈeıfıd, ˈæfıd] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Modern Latin; Origin: aphis, from Modern Greek] a type of small insect that feeds on the juices of plants … Dictionary of contemporary English