citrus whitefly


See under whitefly.

Definition for citrus whitefly (2 of 2)

[ hwahyt-flahy, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˌflaɪ, ˈwaɪt- /

noun, plural white·flies.

any of several plant-sucking, homopterous insects of the family Aleyrodidae, having the body and wings dusted with a white, powdery wax, and being widely distributed chiefly in tropical regions where they are often serious crop pests, as Dialeurodes citri (citrus whitefly), commonly occurring on citrus trees, and Trialeurodes vaporariorum (greenhouse whitefly), inhabiting greenhouses.

Origin of whitefly

First recorded in 1885–90; white + fly2

British Dictionary definitions for citrus whitefly

/ (ˈwaɪtˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

any hemipterous insect of the family Aleyrodidae, typically having a body covered with powdery wax. Many are pests of greenhouse crops