insectean

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insect (ˈɪnsɛkt)
 
n
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
 
Related: entomic
 
[C17: from Latin insectum (animal that has been) cut into, insect, from insecāre, from in-² + secāre to cut; translation of Greek entomon insect]
 
in'sectean
 
adj
 
in'sectan
 
adj
 
in'sectile
 
adj
 
'insect-like
 
adj

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