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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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  • The pomegranate whitefly is also called the ash whitefly.
British Dictionary definitions for 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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