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 (fĭl′ŏk-sîr′ə, fĭ-lŏk′sər-ə)
n. pl. phyl·lox·e·rae (-rē)
A small aphidlike insect (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) that feeds on the roots of grapevines and sometimes forms galls on the leaves, causing severe damage to grape crops. Also called grape phylloxera.

[New Latin Phylloxēra, former genus name of the insect : Greek phullo-, phyllo- + Greek xēros, dry.]

phyl′lox·e′ran adj. & n.


(ˌfɪlɒkˈsɪərə; fɪˈlɒksərə)
n, pl -rae (-riː) or -ras
(Animals) any homopterous insect of the genus Phylloxera, such as P. vitifolia (or Viteus vitifolii) (vine phylloxera), typically feeding on plant juices, esp of vines: family Phylloxeridae
[C19: from New Latin phyllo- + Greek xēros dry]


(ˌfɪl əkˈsɪər ə, fɪˈlɒk sər ə)

n., pl. phyl•lox•e•rae (ˌfɪl əkˈsɪər i, fɪˈlɒk səˌri) phyl•lox•e•ras.
any of several plant lice of the genus Daktulosphaira, esp. D. vitifoliae, which attacks the leaves and roots of grapevines.
[1865–70; < New Latin (1834), an earlier genus name < Greek phyllo- phyllo- + xērá, feminine of xērós dry; so named in reference to the dessication of leaves caused by some species]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phylloxera - type genus of the Phylloxeridae: plant licePhylloxera - type genus of the Phylloxeridae: plant lice
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
grape louse, grape phylloxera, Phylloxera vitifoleae - destructive to various grape plants


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