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

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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 Brad and his friend David Sykes, an aerial crop duster, came up with the idea to incorporate Sykes' aircraft into the surprise. Patricia Murphy, Fox News, "Couple uses airplane water trail for dramatic baby gender reveal," 19 July 2018 During their travels, their radio crackled with reports of crop dusters, dangerous flocks of birds, sky divers, drones and even Air Force One carrying the previous president. Marc Lacey, New York Times, "What Two Writers Found When They Bought a Plane and Touched Down on Main Street, U.S.A.," 12 June 2018 Eggs dropped from a crop duster at a Mohave County Easter event may be contaminated with herbicide, according to an advisory from the Mohave Valley Fire Department. Chris Mccrory, azcentral, "Mohave officials: Eggs dropped at Easter event may be contaminated with herbicide," 25 Mar. 2018 Pollen has been collected and then spread on fields by crop duster planes, sprayed at plants and— for high-value crops — hand applied with paint brushes. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Robot drone bees? It's not a horror movie, it's a Walmart patent," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crop duster

1939, in the meaning defined above

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