nasute

nasute

[ney-soot]
noun Entomology.
a soldier termite characterized by a beaklike snout through which a sticky secretion repellent to other insects is emitted.

Origin:
1645–55 for earlier sense “big-nosed”; < Latin nāsūtus big-nosed, equivalent to nāsū- (combining form of nāsus nose) + -tus adj. suffix

nasuteness, noun
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