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 for Aphis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Aphis \A"phis\, n.; pl. Aphides. [NL.] (Zool.)
     A genus of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera and
     family Aphid[ae], including numerous species known as plant
     lice and green flies.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: Besides the true males and females, there is a race of
           wingless asexual individuals which have the power of
           producing living young in rapid succession, and these
           in turn may produce others of the same kind for several
           generations, before sexual individuals appear. They
           suck the sap of plants by means of a tubular proboscis,
           and owing to the wonderful rapidity of their
           reproduction become very destructive to vegetation.
           Many of the Aphid[ae] excrete honeydew from two tubes
           near the end of the body.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: type genus of the Aphididae: injurious to fruit trees and
           vegetables [syn: Aphis, genus Aphis]

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