infestation

[in-fe-stey-shuh n]

noun

the act of infesting; state of being infested.
a harassing or troublesome invasion: an infestation of ants.

Nearby words

  1. inferno,
  2. inferoanterior,
  3. infertile,
  4. infertility,
  5. infest,
  6. infeudation,
  7. infibulate,
  8. infibulation,
  9. infidel,
  10. infidelic

Origin of infestation

1375–1425; late Middle English infestacio(u)n < Late Latin infestātiōn- (stem of infestātiō). See infest, -ation

Related formsre·in·fes·ta·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for infestation

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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