a minute, slender-bodied insect, Taeniothrips inconsequens, that eats the blossoms of flowering plants and is a common pest of pear, maple, almond, apple, and other trees in the eastern U.S.
Why Avocados are Called Alligator Pears and More Wacky NamesAs you munch on guacamole and chips, chew on the etymology of the humble avocado. Its many names are as wacky as the fruit is yummy.
Civility And Other Trending Words This WeekThere were plenty of calls for civility this week, but do folks really know what it means? The word was one of the top trending searches on Dictionary.com, but it was far from the only term to spark interest!
- peanut worm,
- pear haw,
- pear psylla,
- pear, prickly,
- pearl ash,
- pearl barley
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