\ ˈthrips How to pronounce thrips (audio) \
plural thrips

Definition of thrips

: any of an order (Thysanoptera) of small to minute sucking insects many of which feed often destructively on plant juices

Examples of thrips in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These kill soft-bodied pests such as aphids, thrips, crawler-stage scale insects, whiteflies, leafhoppers, and mites. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2022 Usually, sap-feeding insects (aphids, leafhoppers, thrips, etc.) serve as the vector since the virus or phytoplasma can’t survive outside of plant tissue. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2022 The system is protected enough to have minimal issues with plant pests, and biocontrol has been sufficient to deal with occasional insects such as thrips. Steven Savage, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Take, for example, the fact that there were no thrips covering mock orange, Philadelphus coronarius, this year. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Insects known as thrips, normally controllable with pesticides, flourished in the high temperatures and killed more of the growing fruits. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, 18 June 2022 Most likely, tiny yellow to brown insects called thrips can be seen running about. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 11 June 2022 At the conservatory, Natoli hoses the undersides of leaves with water to handle thrips and spider mites. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Check for thrips, scale, mealy bugs, necrotic leaves and the like. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thrips

1795, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thrips

Latin, woodworm, from Greek

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18 Aug 2022

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“Thrips.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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