• WordNet 3.6
    • n thrips any of various small to minute sucking insects with narrow feathery wings if any; they feed on plant sap and many are destructive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thrips (Zoöl) Any one of numerous small species of Thysanoptera, especially those which attack useful plants, as the grain thrips (Thrips cerealium).☞ The term is also popularly applied to various other small injurious insects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thrips The typical genus of the family Thripidæ or Thripsidæ. The body is smooth and glabrous; the female has a fourvalved decurved ovipositor. The species are numerous and wide-spread. T. striatas destroys onions in the United States.
    • n thrips [lowercase] Any member of this genus or family, as Phlœothrips phylloxeræ, which is said to feed on the leaf-gall form of the vine-pest. See cut in next column.
    • n thrips Among grape-growers, erroneously, any one of the leaf-hoppers of the homopterous family Jassidæ, which feed on the grape. Erythroneura vitis is the common grape-vine thrips, so-called, of the eastern United States. See cut under Erythroneura.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thrips thrips a genus of the family Thripidæ, which is the sole family of the order Thysanoptera, any member of the same, the corn-thrips, the jassid, the grape-vine thrips.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a woodworm, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. thrips, a wood-worm.


In literature:

I hate to think iv a man with one leg in th' grave usin' th' other to thrip th' free foot iv a fellow aged.
"Observations by Mr. Dooley" by Finley Peter Dunne
Wisha, lad, 'tis horses he knows better than snow-shoes, bed-plates, an' thrip-sticks!
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
Chansy Depoo enthers an' thrips over a box iv bonds.
"Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen" by Finley Peter Dunne
Ye'er boss can go to Paris on a combination wedding an' divoorce thrip an' no wan bothers his head about him.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Thrips and aphis are extremely partial to Tomatoes.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Naturally, therefore, they do not catch thrips or mealy-bug or aphis; these are too small game for the midnight sports-man.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
They were commonly stated to be pollinated by thrips and other insects.
"Cocoa and Chocolate" by Arthur W. Knapp
The large, showy tobacco-worm and the tiny tobacco-thrips cause serious injury to the leaves.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
A dime was called a thrip.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
The thrip to shore was not enough, and he's taking a wee turn further.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
Phwat wid two thrips wid th' rackets an' th' dhrag av th' wolf, 'twill not be bad.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Some years a third spraying with a tobacco concoction was used to keep thrips in check.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
No chance of thrips flourishing unsuspected in this house, nor of slugs following their horrid appetite from pot to pot unnoticed.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
For insects which suck, as plant-lice, mealy bugs, red spider, thrips, bark-lice or scale.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
You had bought up all the gold for a hundred mile aroun', but not so much as a thrip did Cordelia ever git out'n you.
"The Bishop and the Boogerman" by Joel Chandler Harris
Powdered white hellebore, dusted on the foliage, or the solution of whale oil soap mentioned for the Rose Thrip, will keep it in check.
"Making a Rose Garden" by Henry H. Saylor
So you can't get no arf-pint nor hanythink under a sixpence or a thrip'ny.
"Mr. Punch's Cockney Humour" by Various
Shot-holes on Peas may be the work of Thrips.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward

In news:

This insect control product protects agains whitefly, aphid, thrips and spider mites.
"Thrips might indeed turn out to be one of the first pollinator groups in geological history, long before evolution turned some of them into flower pollinators ," Soriano said.
Names 'trime,' ' thrip ' didn't fly.
Resistance to pesticides has become a serious problem for growers, but there are new solutions for western flower thrips .
The latest edition of the New England Greenhouse Update features strategies for controlling thrips and tospoviruses along with using plant growth regulators (PGR) on mixed containers, flats and small containers.
A new worry in the garden is western flower thrips .
Just in time for the second month of your poinsettia production, Syngenta has put together a production calendar to help growers manage whiteflies along with pesky mites, mealybugs and thrips.
Stuart Reitz is investigating the potential of a cover cropping system to deter Western flower thrips and tobacco thrips.
Spider mites have lots of natural enemies (like lacewings, minute pirate bugs, big eye bugs, and predaceous mites , thrips and midges) that often limit populations.
Control of thrips is a must for a good cotton stand to blossom into a good crop.
After several years of testing and a season or two in the field, growers are seeing solid thrips control.