Any of various minute insects of the order Thysanoptera, having usually four narrow wings fringed with hairs, and many of which are major pests of cereals and fruit trees. (noun)
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Use "thrips" in a sentence
"Treasure Valley's onion fields are furrow-irrigated, and aerial spraying is the only practical way to combat an onion-killing insect called thrips, or thunderbugs."
"Another one is pollinated by thrips, which is a quite uncommon pollination mutualism"
"The culprit: small bugs called thrips and aphids attracted to strawberries and a variety of vegetables."