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[soh-sid, sos-id] /ˈsoʊ sɪd, ˈsɒs ɪd/
any of numerous minute winged insects of the family Psocidae (order Psocoptera), including most of the common barklice, having mouth parts adapted for chewing and feeding on fungi, lichens, algae, decaying plant material, etc., and occurring on the bark of trees and the leaves of plants.
any member of the order Psocoptera, comprising the booklice and barklice.
Origin of psocid
1890-95; < New Latin Psocidae, equivalent to Psoc(us) name of a genus (< Greek psôchos dust) + -idae -id2
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[soh-sahyn, sos-ahyn] /ˈsoʊ saɪn, ˈsɒs aɪn/ (Show IPA),
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  • For the psocid species, the depth of the treated layer was the decisive factor for adult mortality.
  • Knowledge of the suitability of different cereal grains for psocid pests is important for their management.

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