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 North by Northwest contains several of the most thrilling sequences in the director’s filmography, including the darkly comedic drunk driving scene, the showdown with the crop duster, and the climactic chase atop Mount Rushmore. Wesley Stenzel,, 27 Mar. 2024 In one hallucinatory work, Grant is honored with his likeness superimposed over the North by Northwest image of him fleeing not a crop duster but a sea of menstrual blood and baby legs. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Jan. 2023 Sirangelo, who began his aeronautical journey as a crop duster, spent a year combing for answers. David Kushner, Discover Magazine, 5 Jan. 2011 My father was a crop duster in the Texas Panhandle, a land where memories of the Dust Bowl remained painfully fresh even as the farmers remained stubbornly persistent. Carrie McKean, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2022 That plane, apparently a crop duster, was registered to J&J Air Service LLC of Weiner. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2022 That plane, a crop duster, was registered to Hackberry Flying Service of Caraway. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2022 Since the 1920s, farmers have grown rice in the Sacramento Valley, where old hands fly crop duster planes and rice emblems mark the county buildings. Ari Plachta, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2021 Sky Warden’s Air Tractor origins as a crop duster, rather than as a commercial or business transport or intermediate training aircraft, yield durability, simplicity and robustness without the need for reverse engineering Savoie says. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crop duster was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Crop duster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

crop duster

: a person who sprays crops from an airplane especially with preparations to control insects or fungi
also : the airplane used for such spraying

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