One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aphid, especially one of the genus Aphis (which includes the common greenfly and blackfly).
- ‘To get rid of aphides apply a spray of some kind; an insecticide or an all purpose spray which contains a fungicide will do the trick and will also help to control diseases such as black spot and mildew.’
- ‘In passing under a tree infested with aphides the drops can be felt like a fine rain.’
- ‘The mulching of plants with these films prevents virus degeneration of the plants by virus-carrying aphides, and the mulching of the soil limits the increase of soil temperature in warm environments.’
- ‘The leaf-hopper can be disposed of in the same fashion as the aphides and slugs above mentioned.’
- ‘Various parasites such as lice, ticks, mites, aphides and chiggers attack untreated and unprotected animals and plants.’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, perhaps a misreading of koris ‘bug’ (interpreting the characters κορ ‘kor’ as αφ ‘aph’).
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