ae·​des ā-ˈē-(ˌ)dēz How to pronounce aedes (audio)
plural aedes
: any of a genus (Aedes) of mosquitoes including the vector of yellow fever, dengue, and other diseases
aedine adjective

Examples of aedes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aedes aegypti bite during the day, not just at dusk and dawn. Sarah Zhang, WIRED, 4 Aug. 2016

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, genus name, borrowed from Greek aēdḗs "unpleasant, annoying," from a- a- entry 2 + -ēdēs, adjectival derivative of êdos "pleasure," s-stem noun from the base of hēdýs "pleasant" — more at sweet entry 1

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aedes was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Aedes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural aëdes
: any of a genus of mosquitoes including carriers of disease (as yellow fever)

Medical Definition


ae·​des ā-ˈē-(ˌ)dēz How to pronounce aedes (audio)
capitalized : a large cosmopolitan genus of mosquitoes that includes vectors of some diseases (as yellow fever and dengue)
plural aedes : any mosquito of the genus Aedes
aedine adjective
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