plant louse


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plant louse

n.
1. See aphid.
2. See psyllid.

plant louse

n
1. (Animals) another name for an aphid
2. (Animals) 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

a•phid

(ˈeɪ fɪd, ˈæf ɪd)

n.
any of numerous tiny soft-bodied insects of the family Aphididae that suck the sap from the stems and leaves of various plants. Also called plant louse.
[1880–85; back formation from aphides, pl. of aphis]
a•phid•i•an (əˈfɪd i ən) adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plant louse - any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plantsplant louse - any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants
homopteran, homopterous insect - insects having membranous forewings and hind wings
aphid - any of various small plant-sucking insects
adelgid - any of various insects that feed and form galls on conifers
grape louse, grape phylloxera, Phylloxera vitifoleae - destructive to various grape plants
jumping plant louse, psylla, psyllid - small active cicada-like insect with hind legs adapted for leaping; feeds on plant juices
oak blight - a black plant louse that lives on oaks and dogwoods
References in periodicals archive ?
A type of psyllid or jumping plant louse that will control the plant without harming wildlife has been used to limited effect.
The bug concerned is a psyllid or jumping plant louse called Aphalara itadori.
This infestation of the vine by a plant louse was defeated by scientists who grafted a phylloxera-resistant American vine onto French rootstocks.