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insect

noun in·sect \ˈin-ˌsekt\

: a small animal that has six legs and a body formed of three parts and that may have wings

: an animal (such as a spider) that is similar to an insect

Full Definition of INSECT

1
a :  any of numerous small invertebrate animals (as spiders or centipedes) that are more or less obviously segmented —not used technically
b :  any of a class (Insecta) of arthropods (as bugs or bees) with well-defined head, thorax, and abdomen, only three pairs of legs, and typically one or two pairs of wings
2
:  a trivial or contemptible person
insect adjective

Examples of INSECT

  1. a swarm of flying insects
  2. <the magazine's editor in chief was notorious for treating staffers as insects, often not even bothering to learn their names>

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Origin of INSECT

Latin insectum, from neuter of insectus, past participle of insecare to cut into, from in- + secare to cut — more at saw
First Known Use: 1601

insect

noun in·sect \ˈin-ˌsekt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSECT

:  any arthropod of the class Insecta
insect adjective

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