from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various minute insects of the order Thysanoptera, having usually four narrow wings fringed with hairs, and many of which are major pests of cereals and fruit trees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any one of numerous small insects of the order Thysanoptera, especially those which attack useful plants, as the grain thrips (Thrips cerealium).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous small species of Thysanoptera, especially those which attack useful plants, as the grain thrips (Thrips cerealium).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Thripidæ or Thripsidæ.
- n. [lowercase] Any member of this genus or family, as Phlœothrips phylloxeræ, which is said to feed on the leaf-gall form of the vine-pest. See cut in next column.
- n. Among grape-growers, erroneously, any one of the leaf-hoppers of the homopterous family Jassidæ, which feed on the grape.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small to minute sucking insects with narrow feathery wings if any; they feed on plant sap and many are destructive
Latin thrīps, woodworm, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)