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termite

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noun ter·mite \ˈtər-ˌmīt\

Simple Definition of termite

  • : a kind of soft, white insect that lives in groups, eats wood, and causes a lot of damage to wooden structures

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of termite

  1. :  any of numerous pale-colored soft-bodied social insects (order Isoptera) that live in colonies consisting usually of winged sexual forms, wingless sterile workers, and soldiers, feed on wood, and include some which are very destructive to wooden structures and trees —called also white ant

Examples of termite in a sentence

  1. The house has a lot of termite damage.



Origin and Etymology of termite

New Latin Termit-, Termes, genus of termites, from Late Latin, a worm that eats wood, alteration of Latin tarmit-, tarmes; akin to Greek tetrainein to bore — more at throw


First Known Use: 1781

Rhymes with termite

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TERMITE Defined for Kids

termite

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noun ter·mite \ˈtər-ˌmīt\

Definition of termite for Students

  1. :  a chewing insect resembling an ant that lives in large colonies and feeds on wood




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