Origin of aphid; from Modern Latin aphis (pl. aphides); first applied by Linnaeus probably ; from MGr, misreading of Classical Greek koris, a bug
Origin of aphidNew Latin Aphis, Aphid-, type genus.
Modern Latin aphides, coined by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. His inspiration for the name remains unclear. OED suggests a connection to Ancient Greek αφειδής (apheidēs, “unsparing, lavishly borrowed”) in reference to the insects' voracity or rapid rate of production.