crop duster

noun

Definition of crop duster

: a person who sprays crops especially with fungicidal or insecticidal dusts from an airplane also : the airplane thus used

Examples of crop duster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Designed as a crop duster by a Polish state aircraft bureau, the M-15 was considerably worse than the plane it was meant to replace, the 1950s-era An-2 Colt. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Remember the Ugliest Plane That Ever Lived," 24 Sep. 2020 Two iconic sequences stand out: Grant, on the run in a flat, open field in Indiana, being attacked by a crop duster; and the grand finale, with Grant and Saint clambering up Mount Rushmore. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: For diverting films while housebound, try Hitchcock," 2 Apr. 2020 According to a Facebook post from the Diocese of Lafayette on Sunday, members of St. Anne Church on Cow Island called upon crop duster pilots to help spread their blessing to the community. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 The incident occurred when a pilot flew a crop duster-style plane at a low altitude in order to drop 350 gallons of pink water as part of a gender reveal celebration. Theo Wayt, NBC News, "Texas small plane crash was gender reveal gone wrong, NTSB finds," 8 Nov. 2019 Seven or eight of the crop dusters that had worked the coca fields here remain in Colombia. Juan Forero And, WSJ, "Colombia Tests Drones to Destroy Coca Plants Used for Cocaine," 19 Aug. 2018 The drones can also only drop so much herbicide; a typical crop duster can carry 80 times more. Juan Forero And, WSJ, "Colombia Tests Drones to Destroy Coca Plants Used for Cocaine," 19 Aug. 2018 In some editions Thursday, a U.S. News article about the herbicide incorrectly was accompanied by a photo of a crop duster spraying a field. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 5 Nov. 2018 People at the time immediately thought to use them as crop dusters, but Joe Ely, who in 1955 was working for the U.S. Forest Service in California, thought the planes could be rigged up with water for suppressing fires. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Aviation Became Firefighters' Best Friend—And Then Their Worst Enemy," 2 Dec. 2016

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Crop duster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crop%20duster. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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