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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web Help your fruit trees produce blemish- and pest-free fruit by spraying the new fruit every week with a fungicide and insecticide labeled for the fruit and the pests involved. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Landscape with native California plants to reduce the need for costly chemical maintenance, because the plants are more water efficient and pest-resistant. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 But in 2017 a colleague dropped a shell on Wood’s desk marked with squiggly canals and dark, ugly spots—signs of a shell-boring oyster pest called Polydora. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2022 Is there more to this bird known mostly as an invasive pest? New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 An obviously white exterminator gets rid of a pest, and in the trap are the remains of an obviously Mexican mouse indicated by a sombrero next to the trap. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Last year my flowering cherries contracted some sort of pest creating holes in the leaves. baltimoresun.com, 9 Mar. 2022 This link has information on this insect pest as well as some management suggestions. oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2022 The moths are an invasive pest that began defoliating Wisconsin trees in 1997. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Pest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pest. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pest

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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