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jumping plant louse

noun
1.
any of numerous lice, of the family Psyllidae, that feed on plant juices and are sometimes pests of fruits and vegetables.
Also called psylla, psyllid.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05

psylla

[sil-uh] /ˈsɪl ə/
Also, psyllid
[sil-id] /ˈsɪl ɪd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
< New Latin (1811) Psylla genus name < Greek psýlla flea
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British Dictionary definitions for psyllid

psyllid

/ˈsɪlɪd/
noun
1.
any homopterous insect of the family Psyllidae, which comprises the jumping plant lice See plant louse (sense 2)
Word Origin
C19: from Greek psulla flea
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Encyclopedia Article for psyllid

jumping plant louse

any member of the approximately 2,000 species of the insect family Psyllidae (order Homoptera). The jumping plant louse is about the size of a pinhead. Its head, long antennae and legs, and transparent wings resemble, on a reduced scale, the features of the cicada. Eggs are deposited on leaves or twigs of the host plant; the nymphs, flattened and broadly ovate, usually feed clustered together. Some species are covered with wax; others produce galls on the host plant.

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