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Origin of pest
OTHER WORDS FROM pestde-pest, verb (used with object)
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Definition for pest (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for pest
Then 4–1, the commissioners voted to go forward with a test of genetically modified males as pest control devices.Genetically modified mosquitoes have been OK’d for a first U.S. test flight|Susan Milius|August 22, 2020|Science News
He wondered if it was the consequence of decades of the dingoes’ status as a livestock pest.Culling dingoes with poison may be making them bigger|Jake Buehler|August 19, 2020|Science News
They also sent surveys out to pest control companies around the world.The ‘ratpocalypse’ isn’t nigh, according to service call data|Bethany Brookshire|July 14, 2020|Science News
When food disappears, or pest control comes, rat populations fall.
That can keep pests in check and limit damage, without unintended harm to pollinators.Pesticides can have long-term impact on bumblebee learning|Alison Pearce Stevens|May 18, 2020|Science News For Students
Bassett sounded off on the importance of eradicating problem pest areas.
Scotts Miracle Gro made a pest resistant Kentucky bluegrass in 2011 using the same technology.
"Earworm" has been around for quite some time to refer to a pest that burrows into the ears of corn.New Words Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: ‘Man Cave,’ ‘Sexting,’ and More|Kory L. Stamper|August 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With one swift ninja movement, Obama swatted the pest with ease, leaving it lifeless on the ground.
And, for a year or so after they first met, he was an incorrigible pest.Gloria Cain: Sex Accusations Make No Sense in 'Old School' Marriage|Michelle Cottle|November 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
What has happened between you and the communiers, whom may the pest carry off and hell confound!
It is an animal not less mischievous than it is deformed; it is the pest of man, and the torment of other animals.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
All weapons seemed lawful against such a mere pest as this—a dog in the manger.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
They do not live in fixed abodes, but shift about in search of game or plunder, and are deemed a pest by the Santa Fe traders.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
That Arabic word, picked up at hazard from the dragoman, has acted like a talisman—the pest has actually gone!Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for pest
- any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
- (as modifier)pest control