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phylloxera

[fil-uh k-seer-uh, fi-lok-ser-uh] /ˌfɪl əkˈsɪər ə, fɪˈlɒk sər ə/
noun, plural phylloxerae
[fil-uh k-seer-ee, fi-lok-suh-ree] /ˌfɪl əkˈsɪər i, fɪˈlɒk səˌri/ (Show IPA),
phylloxeras.
1.
any of several plant lice of the genus Phylloxera, especially P. vitifoliae (grape phylloxera) which attacks the leaves and roots of grapevines.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < New 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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  • Resistant rootstocks have been grafted to achieve not only resistance to phylloxera, but also nematodes.
  • The phylloxera are already in many sections, and doing dam age to many vineyards.
British Dictionary definitions for phylloxera

phylloxera

/ˌfɪlɒkˈsɪərə; fɪˈlɒksərə/
noun (pl) -rae (-riː), -ras
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin phyllo- + Greek xēros dry
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