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English noun: pest

1. pest (state) 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

Synonymspestilence, pestis, plague

Broader (hypernym)epidemic disease

Narrower (hyponym)bubonic plague, glandular plague, pestis bubonica, plague pneumonia, pneumonic plague, pulmonic plague, septicemic plague

2. pest (state) any epidemic disease with a high death rate

Synonymspestilence, plague

Broader (hypernym)epidemic disease

3. pest (person) a persistently annoying person

Synonymsblighter, cuss, gadfly, pesterer

Broader (hypernym)persecutor, tormenter, tormentor

Narrower (hyponym)nudnick, nudnik

4. pest (animal) any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.

SamplesHe sprayed the garden to get rid of pests.
Many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides.

Broader (hypernym)animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

Narrower (hyponym)vermin

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