from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An annoying person or thing; a nuisance.
- n. An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.
- n. A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plague, pestilence, epidemic
- n. An annoying, harmful, often destructive creature.
- n. An annoying person.
- n. Someone with poor social discipline who continually bothers disinterested women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fatal epidemic disease; a pestilence; specif., the plague.
- n. Anything which resembles a pest; one who, or that which, is troublesome, noxious, mischievous, or destructive; a nuisance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plague; pestilence; a deadly epidemic disease.
- n. Any very noxious, mischievous, or destructive thing, or a mischievous, destructive, very annoying, or troublesome person.
- n. Synonyms Infection.
- n. Scourge, nuisance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal
- n. a persistently annoying person
- n. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
- n. any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
The term pest derives from the Latin pestis for plague and is used to describe plants (weeds), vertebrates, insects, mites, pathogens and other organisms that occur where we do not want them.
The flea we might now regard as a pest, and the rat upon which the flea rode we would also classify as a pest, but back then, the word pest didn't apply to either.
Officially known as the brown marmorated stink bug, the pest is native to Asia and was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1998, according to entomologists at Penn State University.
I find it very amusing that the TV special about the next supercomet destroying the planet is sponsered by Orkin, the leader in pest control.
I called my pest control company and they came right out and took care of these crazy little guys. they were starting to take over my backyard behind my pool… luckily they were killed before they got to my pool pump- apparently that is costly. my pest control company totally got rid of them, their name is Proguard Pest control. love them!
Someone wants a computer but neither pillar nor pest is willing to leave of their own accord if the other one can stay ... so ...
The most attractive biological control technique is the introduction and permanent establishment of exotic species for long term pest suppression (known as classical biological control) because once in place no further input is required.
When we called the pest control company, the manager was perplexed.
"We called the pest control company," said Sharon Cao, spokeswoman for the restaurant.
The word pest arrived in English in the late 1400s in the saliva of a flea.