thrips

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English[edit]

Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci), left, and western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis)
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Alternative forms[edit]

  • thrip (alternative singular form)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek θρίψ (thríps, wood-worm).

Noun[edit]

thrips (plural thrips or thripses)

  1. Any of the many small insects of the order Thysanoptera, especially those that attack useful plants.
    • 1919, Frank Hurlbut Chittenden, Control of the Onion Thrips, page 9,
      The turnrows and margins of the fields should be cultivated often enough to prevent the growth of weeds, many forms of which harbor the onion thrips.
    • 2002, Thrips, article in International Wildlife Encyclopedia Volume 19, Picture caption, page 2676,
      The thousands of thrips species include among their number the smallest of all winged insects.
    • 2004, Steve H. Dreistadt, Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: An Integrated Pest Management Guide, Picture caption, page 157,
      Bleaching and stippling on viburnum foliage infested with greenhouse thrips. Because this sluggish thrips feeds openly on the underside of leaves, it is controlled by thorough coverage with insecticidal soap or oil.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek θρῑ́ψ (thrī́ps, woodworm).

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Noun[edit]

thrīps m (genitive thrīpis); third declension

  1. A kind of woodworm
  2. trifles, worthless things

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative thrīps thrīpēs
genitive thrīpis thrīpum
dative thrīpī thrīpibus
accusative thrīpem thrīpēs
ablative thrīpe thrīpibus
vocative thrīps thrīpēs

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