from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Brauer's system, the seventh order of insects, including only the family Thripidæ (or Thripsidæ), by the older authors (before Haliday) considered as belonging to the Hemiptera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A division of insects, considered by some writers a distinct order, but regarded by others as belonging to the Hemiptera. They are all of small size, and have narrow, broadly fringed wings with rudimentary nervures. Most of the species feed upon the juices of plants, and some, as those which attack grain, are very injurious to crops. Called also Physopoda. See thrips.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A taxonomic order within the superorder Exopterygota — the thrips. Tiny insects, usually with very narrow wings, flying largely by use of fringes of long setae rather than membranes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun thrips


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From Ancient Greek thysanos ("fringe") + πτερόν (pteron, "wing").


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