aphis

aphis

[ey-fis, af-is]

Origin:
1765–75; < Neo-Latin, first recorded in a Gk lexicon of 1523 as áphis, with the Latin gloss cimex bedbug; perhaps originally a misreading of Greek kóris bug

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APHIS

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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aphis (ˈeɪfɪs)
 
n , pl aphides
1.  any of various aphids constituting the genus Aphis, such as the blackfly
2.  any other aphid
 
[C18: from New Latin (coined by Linnaeus for obscure reasons)]

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APHIS
[United States Department of Agriculture] Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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