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plant louse

any of various related insects having similar habits.
Origin of plant louse
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The principal insects which are thus used, are the plant-louse, and the gall-insect.

  • Although the honeydew does not come from the little tubes on the back of the plant-louse, yet those tubes have their uses.

  • On one of these leaves he placed a plant-louse, which was born under his own eyes, of a wingless mother.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • On the 4th of August, about one o'clock in the afternoon, I put into solitary confinement a plant-louse of the third generation.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The plant-louse or aphis is a sap-sucking insect which feeds and multiplies rapidly often seriously injuring crops.

  • The Red Ant (Formica rufa) is singularly adroit in seizing the droplet left it by the plant-louse.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • Perhaps the first battle will have to be fought with the aphis, or plant-louse.

    ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
  • When they have got possession of a plant-louse, they excite it to secrete this liquid, but without doing it any harm.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for plant-louse

plant louse

another name for an aphid
jumping plant louse, any small active cicada-like insect of the homopterous family Psyllidae (or Chermidae), having hind legs adapted for leaping, and feeding on plant juices
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