Examples of insect in a Sentence
a swarm of flying insects
the magazine's editor in chief was notorious for treating staffers as insects, often not even bothering to learn their names
Recent Examples of insect from the Web
The Gateway Bug’ Over 2 billion people on earth eat insects for protein.
Keeping tomato plants and fruits off the ground prevents diseases, helps spotting insects and makes for easy picking.
What followed was weeks of alleged mismanagement in response to eliminating the parasitic insects by the owners of their complex.
Houston is at the top of the list followed by other cities in warmer climates where the wood-chewing insects thrive.
Leaf portions may fall off and look like insects have been feeding.
Now the insects will begin expanding their colonies for spring, with ticks also benefiting from the early thaw.
State agencies and university scientists have spent more than a year trying to find a way to halt the insect's spread and minimize its impact on wetlands already hard-hit by erosion, sea level rise, subsidence and other threats.
Researchers at South China Normal University in Guangzhou sequenced the genome of the hardy insect and published their findings in Nature Communications last week.
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The bodies of insects have segments, or divisions, so they appear to have a series of notches cut into them. This led the Greek philosopher Aristotle to give insects the name entomon “a thing cut into.” Entomon comes from the prefix en- “in,” combined with the verb temnein “to cut.” Later, when the Romans wanted a word for this kind of creature, they did not simply borrow the Greek word. Instead they translated it with the Latin word insectum, from the verb insecare “to cut into.” Insectum was borrowed into English as insect.
INSECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insect for English Language Learners
: 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
INSECT Defined for Kids
Definition of insect for Students
- Flies, bees, and lice are true insects.
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