Definition of thrips in English:

thrips

Syllabification: thrips
Pronunciation: /THrips
 
/
(also thrip)

noun (plural same)

  • A minute black winged insect that sucks plant sap and can be a serious pest of ornamental and food plants when present in large numbers.
    • Order Thysanoptera: many species
    More example sentences
    • Insects such as ants, mealy bugs and thrips have been found in 37 out of 43 shipments, which then needed fumigation.
    • Here, we present the entire nucleotide sequence of the mt genome of the plague thrips, Thrips imaginis (Thysanoptera).
    • The most common insect pests of scallions are thrips, which arrive in mid-June and are a particular problem in dry weather, and occasionally cutworms or armyworms.

Origin

late 18th century: via Latin from Greek, literally 'woodworm'.

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