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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Exopterygota — the thrips. Tiny insects, usually with very narrow wings, flying largely by use of fringes of long setae rather than membranes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A division of insects, considered by some writers a distinct order, but regarded by others as belonging to the Hemiptera. They are all of small size, and have narrow, broadly fringed wings with rudimentary nervures. Most of the species feed upon the juices of plants, and some, as those which attack grain, are very injurious to crops. Called also Physopoda. See thrips.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Brauer's system, the seventh order of insects, including only the family Thripidæ (or Thripsidæ), by the older authors (before Haliday) considered as belonging to the Hemiptera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. thrips
Thrips = Thysanoptera, most adults around 1 or 2 mm. (singular form ends in s)
In this case the insect was an unidentified species of thrips Thysanoptera and the empty shells was the common North American snail Zonitoides arboreus.
Physopoda: bladder-footed: = Thysanoptera; q.v. Phytophaga: plant-eaters: beetles in which the 4th and 5th tarsal joints are anchylosed and the 3d is lobed.
Molecular diagnosis of a previously unreported predator-prey association in coffee: Karnyothrips flavipes Jones (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) predation on the coffee berry borer.