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mirid

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪrɪd
 
, ˈmʌɪərɪd
 
/

Definition of mirid in English:

noun

An active plant bug of a large family that includes numerous plant pests. Formerly called capsid1.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with mirid

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