from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thy-sanopterous insect, Thrips tabaci, possibly of European origin. It damages tobacco in southern Europe, and in the United States is found commonly on onions and many low-growing plants, as well as in the flowers of the orange, lemon, and other fruit-trees, especially in the South.
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The large, showy tobacco-worm and the tiny tobacco-thrips cause serious injury to the leaves.