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mosquito

[muh-skee-toh] /məˈski toʊ/
noun, plural mosquitoes, mosquitos.
1.
any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Culicidae, the females of which suck the blood of animals and humans, some species transmitting certain diseases, as malaria and yellow fever.
2.
(initial capital letter) Military. a twin-engined, two-seat British fighter and bomber of World War II, made largely of plywood and having a top speed of 380 miles per hour (610 km/h).
Origin of mosquito
1575-1585
1575-85; < Spanish, equivalent to mosc(a) fly (< Latin musca) + -ito diminutive suffix
Related forms
mosquitoey, adjective

Mosquito

[muh-skee-toh] /məˈski toʊ/
noun, plural Mosquitos (especially collectively) Mosquito.
1.

Miskito

or Mosquito

[muh-skee-toh] /məˈski toʊ/
noun, plural Miskitos (especially collectively) Miskito for 1.
1.
a member of an American Indian people of northeastern Nicaragua and adjacent areas of Honduras.
2.
the language of the Miskito.
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Examples from the Web for mosquito
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  • Some people are so poisoned by mosquito bites that three or four on the forehead suffice to close entirely the victim's eyes.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • The mosquito, quite ignored, would then have gone on in his deadly work.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • Once the organism has undergone its twelve day development, the mosquito may remain infective for weeks.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • Then for a time he slept beneath the mosquito bar in his tent.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Elnora took a large piece of mosquito netting, and ran to the swamp.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for mosquito

mosquito

/məˈskiːtəʊ/
noun (pl) -toes, -tos
1.
any dipterous insect of the family Culicidae: the females have a long proboscis adapted for piercing the skin of man and animals to suck their blood See also aedes, anopheles, culex
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, diminutive of mosca fly, from Latin musca
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Word Origin and History for mosquito
n.

1580s, from Spanish mosquito "little gnat," diminutive of mosca "fly," from Latin musca "fly," from PIE root *mu- "gnat, fly," imitative of insect buzzing (cf. Sanskrit maksa-, Greek myia, Old English mycg, Modern English midge, Old Church Slavonic mucha), perhaps imitative of the sound of humming insects.

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mosquito in Medicine

mosquito mos·qui·to (mə-skē'tō)
n. pl. mos·qui·toes or mos·qui·tos
Any of various two-winged insects of the family Culicidae, in which the female of most species has a long proboscis for sucking blood. Some species are vectors of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for mosquito

mosquito

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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