pest

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pest \Pest\, noun [L. pestis: cf. F. peste.]

1. A fatal epidemic disease; a pestilence; specif., the plague.

England's sufferings by that scourge, the pest. --Cowper.

2. Anything which resembles a pest; one who, or that which, is troublesome, noxious, mischievous, or destructive; a nuisance. "A pest and public enemy." --South.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pest

noun

1: 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 [syn: {plague}, {pestilence}, {pest}, {pestis}]

2: any epidemic disease with a high death rate [syn: {plague}, {pestilence}, {pest}]

3: a persistently annoying person [syn: {pest}, {blighter}, {cuss}, {pesterer}, {gadfly}]

4: any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.; "he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"; "many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"


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