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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

n.

1550s (in imprecations, "a pest upon ____," etc.), "plague, pestilence," from Middle French peste (1530s), from Latin pestis "deadly contagious disease; a curse, bane," of uncertain origin. Meaning "noxious or troublesome person or thing" first recorded c.1600.

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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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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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