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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
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.
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  • The settlers suffered from inadequate food rations and infected mosquito bites.
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  • For reducing the adult mosquito load, fogging with insecticide is somewhat effective.
  • Prevention of mosquito bites is another way of preventing disease.
  • Cinnamon leaf oil has been found to be very effective in killing mosquito larvae.
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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mosquito

mosquito

Related Terms

knee-high to a grasshopper


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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