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 pesty (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for pest

Synonyms

pestilence, plague

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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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In addition, polyantha roses are usually rugged and vigorous and have good resistance to pests and disease. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 The discussion about pests and diseases is clear and concise. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Garden book review: ’Crops in Tight Spots’," 9 Sep. 2019 Many fields around the world, Dr Campbell observes, are suffering a growing burden of pests and disease, such as potato-cyst nematode. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 29 Aug. 2019 Invasive pests and extreme weather damage harvests. Los Angeles Times, "Land use policy key to reining in global warming, U.N. report warns," 8 Aug. 2019 Across the country, forests face growing threats from invasive pests, diseases and climate change. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Challenges: the ever increasing cost of water, drought, county regulations, the cost of labor and invasive pests, to name a few. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Farming remains big part of county's economy," 5 July 2018 Higher temperatures globally are among one of the factors that have allowed invasive pests to spread. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "New Jersey is getting hotter faster than most of the U.S. Get ready to move to higher ground," 18 June 2018 Learn how to keep an eye out for some of the invasive insect pests that currently threaten our state. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 5-13: celebrate mom with flowers," 4 May 2018

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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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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 pesty (audio) \ adjective

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