Definitions

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin thrīps, woodworm, from Greek.

Examples

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  • The culprit: small bugs called thrips and aphids attracted to strawberries and a variety of vegetables.

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  • There are other pests that attack bananas such as thrips, aphids, scale insects, etc.

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  • Though they don't need a greenhouse to thrive, the thrips that feed on rhododendrons are called greenhouse thrips "thrips" is both singular and plural.

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  • He added that dolichodal, iridomyrmecin, or similar compounds are found also in other insects, such as thrips, stick insects, aphids and rove beetles.

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  • He points out that all of the branches or groups technically called clades known to have primitively eusocial species—aculeate wasps, halictine and xylocopine bees, sponge-nesting shrimp, termopsid termites, colonial aphids and thrips, ambrosia beetles, and naked mole rats—rely on colonies that build and occupy defensible nests.

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  • In the meantime, Nathan continues to keep track of where the thrips are, who they are attacking, and where they may head next, helping the military and law enforcement contain the infestation the best they can.

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  • Dr. James Lanahino and his students discovered the insects were in fact thrips, a common garden pest.

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  • These thrips were genetically modified to reproduce faster and are immune to pesticides.

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