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infestation

[in-fe-stey-shuh n] /ˌɪn fɛˈsteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of infesting; state of being infested.
2.
a harassing or troublesome invasion:
an infestation of ants.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English infestacio(u)n < Late Latin infestātiōn- (stem of infestātiō). See infest, -ation
Related forms
reinfestation, noun
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infestation

n.

early 15c., from Late Latin infestationem (nominative infestatio) "a troubling, disturbing, molesting," noun of action from past participle stem of infestare (see infest).

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