phylloxera

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From the original, superseded genus name Phylloxera, New Latin, from Ancient Greek φύλλον (phúllon, leaf) + ξηρός (ksērós, dry).

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phylloxera (plural phylloxerae)

  1. An aphid, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae of the family Phylloxeridae (not the genus Phylloxera), that is very destructive to grape vines; also, the diseased condition of a vine caused by this aphid. [from 19th c.]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 32:
      thirty-five years later the coming of phylloxera to France launched the Algerian wine industry, and by the mid-twentieth century it had grown to be one of the Mediterranean's biggest producers.

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