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greenhouse whitefly

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whitefly

[hwahyt-flahy, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌflaɪ, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, plural whiteflies.
1.
any of several plant-sucking, homopterous insects of the family Aleyrodidae, having the body and wings dusted with a white, powdery wax, and being widely distributed chiefly in tropical regions where they are often serious crop pests, as Dialeurodes citri (citrus whitefly) commonly occurring on citrus trees, and Trialeurodes vaporariorum (greenhouse whitefly) inhabiting greenhouses.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; white + fly2
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British Dictionary definitions for greenhouse white fly

whitefly

/ˈwaɪtˌflaɪ/
noun (pl) -flies
1.
any hemipterous insect of the family Aleyrodidae, typically having a body covered with powdery wax. Many are pests of greenhouse crops
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