ae·​des | \ ā-ˈē-(ˌ)dēz How to pronounce aedes (audio) \
plural aedes

Definition of aedes

: any of a genus (Aedes) of mosquitoes including the vector of yellow fever, dengue, and other diseases

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Other Words from aedes

aedine \ ā-​ˈē-​ˌdīn How to pronounce aedes (audio) \ 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, "A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week," 4 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of aedes

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aedes

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

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“Aedes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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ae·​des | \ ā-ˈē-(ˌ)dēz How to pronounce aedes (audio) \

Medical Definition of aedes

1 capitalized : a large cosmopolitan genus of mosquitoes that includes vectors of some diseases (as yellow fever and dengue)
2 plural aedes : any mosquito of the genus Aedes

Other Words from aedes

aedine \ -​ˌdīn How to pronounce aedes (audio) , -​ˌdēn How to pronounce aedes (audio) \ adjective

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