thrips

thrips

[thrips]
noun, plural thrips.
any of several minute insects of the order Thysanoptera, that have long, narrow wings fringed with hairs and that infest and feed on a wide variety of weeds and crop plants.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek thríps (singular) woodworm

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thrips (θrɪps)
 
n , pl thrips
any of various small slender-bodied insects of the order Thysanoptera, typically having piercing mouthparts and narrow feathery wings and feeding on plant sap. Some species are serious plant pests
 
[C18: via New Latin from Greek: woodworm]

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