- 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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Examples from the Web for thrips
Every frozen or fresh package of spinach can contain up to 50 aphids, mites, or thrips before the FDA labels it contaminated.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs
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Of these, mealy-bug, red-spider, thrips and mildew are most troublesome.
Thrips are readily controlled by means of nicotine-sulphate.Garden Pests in New Zealand
Brown and blackish spots on Pears are caused by a species of Thrips.Disease in Plants
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They were commonly stated to be pollinated by thrips and other insects.Cocoa and Chocolate
Arthur W. Knapp
Thrips, another small insect, is sometimes troublesome but not often and is now easily controlled by applications of nicotine.
- 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
C18: via New Latin from Greek: woodworm