pest

noun
\ ˈpest How to pronounce pest (audio) \

Definition of pest

1 : an epidemic disease associated with high mortality specifically : plague
2 : something resembling a pest in destructiveness especially : a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns (such as agriculture or livestock production)
3 : one that pesters or annoys : nuisance

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Other Words from pest

pesty \ ˈpe-​stē How to pronounce pest (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of pest in a Sentence

These insects are pests for farmers. mice and other household pests You're being a real pest. Would you leave us alone, please?
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Recent Examples on the Web Her article looks at the experiments underway to save the country’s grapevines from an invasive pest. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "White Claw's higher-alcohol Surge means Millennials can stop pretending hard seltzer was ever 'healthy'," 15 Apr. 2021 Most Australian states allow kangaroos to be commercially culled or managed as a pest. Washington Post, "‘Kangaroos are not shoes’ campaign lands awkwardly in Australia’s Outback," 15 Apr. 2021 Javeri Kadri bought 350 kilos of turmeric and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the introduction of Baraka cardamom, a domesticated strain of naturally pest-resistant wild cardamom grown in the Kerala rain forest. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Diaspora Co.’s Fair-Trade Spices Will Enlighten More Than Your Cooking," 9 Apr. 2021 Asian giant hornets, an invasive pest not native to the U.S., are the world's largest hornet and a predator of honey bees and other insects. CBS News, "U.S. scientists warn of murder hornets nests this spring: "Serious danger to our health"," 18 Mar. 2021 Asian giant hornets, an invasive pest not native to the U.S., are the world’s largest hornet and a predator of honey bees and other insects. Fox News, "Scientists in US, Canada gear up for battle against murder hornets," 18 Mar. 2021 The region’s newest pest, a mosquito known as Aedes scapularis, has been flaggedin a study from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in which researchers highlighted public health concerns. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida’s latest unwelcome visitor is an invasive mosquito that has established a foothold in Broward," 17 Mar. 2021 Georgia’s Korean business community has grown to offer everything from real estate and pest control to medical, legal and insurance services. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, "America was always where she felt she belonged," 20 Apr. 2021 Timely advice on garden chores, fertilizing, pest control, and more from OSU Extension. oregonlive, "Oregon gardeners, here’s your April to-do list," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of pest

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pest

Middle French peste, from Latin pestis

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The first known use of pest was in the 15th century

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4 May 2021

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“Pest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pest. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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pest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pest

: an animal or insect that causes problems for people especially by damaging crops
informal : a person who bothers or annoys other people

pest

noun
\ ˈpest How to pronounce pest (audio) \

Kids Definition of pest

1 : nuisance … Kirsti was such a pest, always butting in.— Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
2 : a plant or animal that is harmful to humans or property

pest

noun
\ ˈpest How to pronounce pest (audio) \

Medical Definition of pest

1 : an epidemic disease associated with high mortality specifically : plague sense 2
2 : something resembling a pest in destructiveness especially : a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns

Other Words from pest

pesty \ ˈpes-​tē How to pronounce pest (audio) \ adjective

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