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n. pl. thrips
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.
[Latin thrīps, woodworm, from Greek.]
n, pl thrips
(Animals) any of various small slender-bodied insects of the order Thysanoptera, typically having piercing mouthparts and narrow feathery wings and feeding on plant sap. Some species are serious plant pests
[C18: via New Latin from Greek: woodworm]
n., pl. thrips.
any of several minute insects of the order Thysanoptera, that have long, narrow wings fringed with hairs and that infest and feed on a wide variety of weeds and crop plants.
[1650–60; < New Latin < Greek thríps woodworm]
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|Noun||1.||thrips - any of various small to minute sucking insects with narrow feathery wings if any; they feed on plant sap and many are destructive|