anopheline

anopheles

[uh-nof-uh-leez]
noun, plural anopheles.
any mosquito of the genus Anopheles, certain species of which are vectors of the parasite causing malaria in humans, distinguished from other mosquitoes by the absence of breathing tubes in the larvae and by the head-downward stance of the adult while resting or feeding.
Compare culex.


Origin:
1895–1900; < Neo-Latin < Greek anōphelḗs useless, hurtful, harmful, equivalent to an- an-1 + -ōpheles- variant stem of óphelos profit; earlier (a)n- (with vowel lengthening) + opheles-, written in Mycenaean Greek as nopere

anopheline [uh-nof-uh-lahyn, -lin] , adjective, noun
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anopheles (əˈnɒfɪˌliːz)
 
n , pl -les
any of various mosquitoes constituting the genus Anopheles, some species of which transmit the malaria parasite to man
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek anōphelēs useless, from an- + ōphelein to help, from ophelos help]

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Anopheles
genus of mosquitoes, 1899, Mod.L., coined 1818 by Ger. entomologist Johann Wilhelm Meigen (17641845) from Gk. anopheles "useless, hurtful, harmful," from an-, privative prefix, + ophelos "use, help, advantage" (see Ophelia). So called because it conveys malaria.
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Anopheles A·noph·e·les (ə-nŏf'ə-lēz')
n.
A genus of mosquitoes containing over 90 species, many of which are vectors of malaria.


a·noph·e·line (-līn')
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