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pest

[pest] /pɛst/
noun
1.
an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance.
2.
an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
3.
a deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin pestis plague
Related forms
de-pest, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. annoyance. 3. pandemic, scourge, epidemic.
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pest

/pɛst/
noun
1.
a person or thing that annoys, esp by imposing itself when it is not wanted; nuisance
2.
  1. any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
  2. (as modifier) pest control
3.
(rare) an epidemic disease or pestilence
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pestis plague, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for de pest
pest
1550s (in imprecations, "a pest upon ____," etc.), "plague, pestilence," from M.Fr. peste (1539), from L. pestis "deadly contagious disease." Meaning "noxious or troublesome person or thing" first recorded 1609.
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de pest in Medicine

pest (pěst)
n.

  1. An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.

  2. A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.

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Encyclopedia Article for de pest

Pest

megye (county), central Hungary. It borders Slovakia to the north and the counties of Nograd and Heves to the northeast, Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok to the east, Bacs-Kiskun to the south, and Komarom-Esztergom and Fejer to the west. Pest is by far the most-populous and most-industrialized county in Hungary. Budapest, the national capital, is the county seat despite being administratively independent. The majority of county-level institutions are located in Budapest, and only a few operate outside the city boundaries: notably, the cultural centre and the museum directorate in Szentendre, the county hospital in Kistarcsa, and the social security directorate in Cegled. The population of Pest county, due to its 18th-century resettlement, is of diverse origins. Besides a Hungarian majority, there are significant ethnic German, Slovakian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Roma (Gypsy) communities

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