|1.||any small air-breathing arthropod of the class Insecta, having a body divided into head, thorax, and abdomen, three pairs of legs, and (in most species) two pairs of wings. Insects comprise about five sixths of all known animal species, with a total of over one million named speciesRelated: entomic|
|2.||(loosely) any similar invertebrate, such as a spider, tick, or centipede|
|3.||a contemptible, loathsome, or insignificant person|
|[C17: from Latin insectum (animal that has been) cut into, insect, from insecāre, from |
insect in·sect (ĭn'sěkt')
Any of numerous usually small arthropod animals of the class Insecta, having an adult stage characterized by three pairs of legs and a body segmented into head, thorax, and abdomen and usually having two pairs of wings.
Any of various similar arthropod animals, such as spiders, centipedes, or ticks.
insect [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (ĭn'sěkt') Pronunciation Key |
Any of very numerous, mostly small arthropods of the class Insecta, having six segmented legs in the adult stage and a body divided into three parts (the head, thorax, and abdomen). The head has a pair of antennae and the thorax usually has one or two pairs of wings. Most insects undergo substantial change in form during development from the young to the adult stage. More than 800,000 species are known, most of them beetles. Other insects include flies, bees, ants, grasshoppers, butterflies, cockroaches, aphids, and silverfish. See Notes at biomass, bug, entomology.