[ pest ]
/ pɛst /
an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance.
an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
a deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence.
Origin of pest
First recorded in 1545–55, pest is from the Latin word pestis plague
Related formsde-pest, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for depest
/ (pɛst) /
a person or thing that annoys, esp by imposing itself when it is not wanted; nuisance
- any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
- (as modifier)pest control
rare an epidemic disease or pestilence
Word Origin for pest
C16: from Latin pestis plague, of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for depest
[ pĕst ]
An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.
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