- pest house,
- pestalozzi, johann heinrich,
- pester power
Origin of pest
Examples from the Web for pest
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.
An exterminator, Dill took a job in Iraq for a company contracted to do pest control on military bases.
Would that a bold action by one whom we know not had rid the land of a pest!The Great Mogul|Louis Tracy
There was a “pest house” where victims of small pox were quarantined.The Pinos Altos Story|Dorothy Watson
Add to this the pest of potato bugs and it looks as if potatoes were doomed, doesn't it?The Woodcraft Girls at Camp|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
It is known as the Pest Basin, and dates from the days when the plague was raging in Shrewsbury, during the seventeenth century.Nooks and Corners of Shropshire|H. Thornhill Timmins
Goutweed is a pest in nearly all gardens, and very difficult to get out.Wood and Garden|Gertrude Jekyll
- any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
- (as modifier)pest control
Word Origin for pest
1550s (in imprecations, "a pest upon ____," etc.), "plague, pestilence," from Middle French peste (1530s), from Latin pestis "deadly contagious disease; a curse, bane," of uncertain origin. Meaning "noxious or troublesome person or thing" first recorded c.1600.
Hungarian capital, formed 1872 from merger of two cities on opposite shores of the Danube, Buda (probably from a word originally meaning "water") + Pest, a Hungarian word meaning "furnace, oven, cove," also in Slavic (cf. Russian pech'). Cf. Ofen, literally "oven," the old German name for the place.