Definition of mirid in English:


Syllabification: mi·rid
Pronunciation: /ˈmīrid, ˈmi(ə)r-


  • An active plant bug of a large family that includes numerous plant pests. Formerly called capsid1.
    • Family Miridae (formerly Capsidae), suborder Heteroptera
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    • In the 25 days of observation, for example, 57 plants were found to harbor an average of 3.3 predatory mites, 16 plants contained nabids, and 30 plants contained mirids.
    • Lindane, a highly poisonous organochlorine, is sprayed on crops of cacao plants growing in Ghana and other west African countries to control mirid bugs, which cause the plants to wilt.
    • In the subfamily Bryocorinae, the mirids are separated into two tribes, Monaloniini or Odoniellini.


1940s: from modern Latin Miridae, from mirus 'wonderful'.

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