a place infested with or especially liable to epidemic disease.
[pest-hous] /ˈpɛstˌhaʊs/ noun, plural pesthouses [pest-hou-ziz] /ˈpɛstˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA) 1. a or hospital for persons infected with pestilential disease. /ˈpɛstˌhaʊs/ noun 1. (obsolete) a hospital for treating persons with infectious diseases Also called lazaretto
[pes-tuh-sahyd] /ˈpɛs təˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal . /ˈpɛstɪˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a chemical used for killing pests, esp insects and rodents n. 1939, a hybrid coined from English pest + Latinate -cide. pesticide pes·ti·cide (pěs’tĭ-sīd’) n. A chemical used to kill pests, especially insects. pesticide (pěs’tĭ-sīd’) A chemical […]
[pe-stif-er-uh s] /pɛˈstɪf ər əs/ adjective 1. bringing or bearing disease. 2. . 3. pernicious; evil. 4. Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying. /pɛˈstɪfərəs/ adjective 1. (informal) troublesome; irritating 2. breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease 3. corrupting; pernicious adj. mid-15c., “mischievous, pernicious,” figurative use of Latin pestiferus “that brings plague or destruction,” variant of pestifer […]
[pes-uh l, pes-tl] /ˈpɛs əl, ˈpɛs tl/ noun 1. a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar. 2. any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc. verb (used with object), pestled, pestling. 3. to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle. verb (used without object), pestled, pestling. 4. to work […]