1) N-COUNT Pests are insects or small animals which damage crops or food supplies.

...crops which are resistant to some of the major insect pests and diseases...

Each year ten percent of the crop is lost to a pest called corn rootworm. and innovative methods of pest control.

2) N-COUNT (disapproval) You can describe someone, especially a child, as a pest if they keep bothering you. [INFORMAL]

He climbed on the table, pulled my hair, and was generally a pest.


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