thrips

noun
\ 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 For detailed information on using agricultural fiber mounted on the tomato cage to discourage white flies, thrips and other insects carrying virus infections, visit plantanswers.com. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Mar. 2021 Spray plants infested with aphids, spider mites, white flies, scale insects or thrips with a light horticultural oil before they are brought inside. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 28 Oct. 2020 Spinosad also controls caterpillars, squash vine borers, some beetles and thrips. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 3 Sep. 2020 The only pest that seems to deliver a knockout punch with these roses is the chilli thrips. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Aug. 2020 Barely visible onion thrips tend to attack during hot, dry weather in July or August. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 21 May 2020 Or thrips hitting the flowers at the right (or wrong) time might be the cause of it. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2020 Try spreading a reflective mulch, such as aluminum foil, between rows to confuse the thrips. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 21 May 2020

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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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“Thrips.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrips. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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