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 (wīt′flī′, hwīt′-)
Any of various small whitish plant-feeding insects of the family Aleyrodidae, having long wings and a white waxy body, and often damaging agricultural crops and ornamental plants.


n, pl -flies
(Animals) any hemipterous insect of the family Aleyrodidae, typically having a body covered with powdery wax. Many are pests of greenhouse crops


(ˈʰwaɪtˌflaɪ, ˈwaɪt-)

n., pl. -flies.
any of several widespread plant-sucking insects of the family Aleyrodidae, having the body and wings dusted with a white, powdery wax.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whitefly - minute insect that feeds on plant juiceswhitefly - minute insect that feeds on plant juices; related to scale insects
homopteran, homopterous insect - insects having membranous forewings and hind wings
citrus whitefly, Dialeurodes citri - whitefly that attacks citrus trees
greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum - whitefly that inhabits greenhouses
sweet-potato whitefly - a variety of whitefly


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The team at Newcastle University have been concentrating on whitefly, which attack greenhouse crops like tomatoes and leafy allotment plants such as cabbage and sprouts.
Scientists exposed whitefly to a heady aroma of cucumber, courgette, watercress, watermelon, cabbage and beans.
For their tests, scientists exposed whitefly to a heady aroma of cucumber, courgette, watercress, watermelon, cabbage and beans.
Both the larvae and adult whitefly feeds on the phloem sap of many plant hosts.
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Mostly whitefly, armyworm and lice attack the soyabean crop and growers should carry out recommended sprays to get rid of the insects, they added.