mosquito

[muh-skee-toh]
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:
1575–85; < Spanish, equivalent to mosc(a) fly (< Latin musca) + -ito diminutive suffix

mosquitoey, adjective
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Mosquito

[muh-skee-toh]
noun, plural Mosquitos (especially collectively) Mosquito.
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mosquito (məˈskiːtəʊ)
 
n , pl -toes, -tos
aedes anopheles See also culex 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
 
[C16: from Spanish, diminutive of mosca fly, from Latin musca]

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mosquito
c.1583, from Sp. mosquito "little gnat," dim. of mosca "fly," from L. musca "fly," from PIE base *mu-, perhaps imitative of the sound of humming insects. Colloquial form skeeter is attested from 1839.
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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.

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The settlers suffered from inadequate food rations and infected mosquito bites.
Blankets and mosquito nets are also widely available anywhere in the province.
Mosquito control primary prevention of dengue mainly resides in mosquito
  control.
For reducing the adult mosquito load, fogging with insecticide is somewhat
  effective.
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