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thrips

[thrips]
noun, plural thrips.
  1. any of several minute insects of the order Thysanoptera, that have long, narrow wings fringed with hairs and that infest and feed on a wide variety of weeds and crop plants.
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Origin of thrips

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek thríps (singular) woodworm
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thrips

noun plural thrips
  1. any of various small slender-bodied insects of the order Thysanoptera, typically having piercing mouthparts and narrow feathery wings and feeding on plant sap. Some species are serious plant pests
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Word Origin

C18: via New Latin from Greek: woodworm
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