grape phylloxera

grape phylloxera

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phylloxera

[fil-uhk-seer-uh, fi-lok-ser-uh]
noun, plural phylloxerae [fil-uhk-seer-ee, fi-lok-suh-ree] , phylloxeras.
any of several plant lice of the genus Phylloxera, especially P. vitifoliae (grape phylloxera) which attacks the leaves and roots of grapevines.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin (1834) < Greek phyllo- phyllo- + xērá, feminine of xērós dry; so named in reference to the dessication of leaves caused by some species

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phylloxera (ˌfɪlɒkˈsɪərə, fɪˈlɒksərə)
 
n , pl -rae, -ras
any homopterous insect of the genus Phylloxera, such as P. vitifolia (or Viteus vitifolii) (vine phylloxera), typically feeding on plant juices, esp of vines: family Phylloxeridae
 
[C19: from New Latin phyllo- + Greek xēros dry]

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