[ 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.

Origin of thrips

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

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How to use thrips in a sentence

  • Phwat wid two thrips wid th' rackets an' th' dhrag av th' wolf, 'twill not be bad.

    The Promise | James B. Hendryx

British Dictionary definitions for thrips


/ (θrɪps) /

nounplural 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

Origin of thrips

C18: via New Latin from Greek: woodworm

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