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    pest - Dictionary definition and meaning for word pest

    (noun) 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
    Synonyms : pestilence , pestis , plague
    (noun) any epidemic disease with a high death rate
    Synonyms : pestilence , plague
    (noun) a persistently annoying person
    Synonyms : blighter , cuss , gadfly , pesterer
    (noun) any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
    Example Sentence
    • he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests
    • many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides
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