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[hwahyt-flahy, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌflaɪ, ˈwaɪt-/
noun, plural whiteflies.
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 of whitefly
1885-90; white + fly2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for greenhouse whitefly
  • The invention is specifically effective against the sweet potato whitefly, greenhouse whitefly, tobacco aphids and mites.
  • Treatment also resulted in a repellency effect on insects such as the greenhouse whitefly.
  • Impact of greenhouse whitefly management on strawberry fruit quality.
  • They resemble those of the greenhouse whitefly in that they remain erect, are elongate oval and almost parallel sided.
British Dictionary definitions for greenhouse whitefly


noun (pl) -flies
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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