aphid

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New Latin aphis (plural aphides), coined by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. His inspiration for the name remains unclear. OED suggests a connection to Ancient Greek ἀφειδής (apheidḗs, unsparing, lavishly borrowed) in reference to the insects' voracity or rapid rate of production, from ἀ- (a-, not) + φείδομαι (pheídomai, to spare, be thrifty, be merciful), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split).[1] Doublet of aphis.

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aphid (plural aphids)

  1. Sapsucking pest insect of the superfamily Aphidoidea; an aphidian.

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