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
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The exhibit, Flowers and I are of the same root, the Garden and I are one, features more than 2,300 blooming flowers and plenty of insects to pollinate them.
In the past two summers, millions of mosquito-like insects called goeldichironomus swarmed the Taj Mahal and excreted a green substance on its walls, marring their bright sheen.
Of course, as pesky as mosquitoes are, the reason Ruedas is poking around this yard is because the insects can be deadly.
The aegypti mosquito spread rapidly through the Americas and reigned supreme among blood-sucking insects for several hundred years.
Duval-Carrié’s windows are delightful resin displays, each backlit to illuminate the various toy insects, tiny dolls, hearts, jellyfish, snakes, turtles, airplanes, stars, roses and other objects imbedded in the artwork.
Those specks are the excrement of the adult insects.
With temperatures beginning to drop across the country, homeowners may be greeted by swarms of these insects trying to make their way indoors this month, according to iHeartRadio.
Frogs fill a vital ecological niche as the consumers of many insects and as a food source for larger animals.
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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.
Synonymscipher, dwarf, half-pint, nobody, insignificancy, lightweight, morsel, nonentity, nothing, nullity, number, pip-squeak, pygmy (also pigmy), shrimp, snippersnapper, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Antonymsbig shot, big wheel, bigwig, eminence, figure, kahuna, kingpin, magnate, nabob, personage, somebody, VIP
Related Wordsno-name, noncelebrity; least; inferior, mediocrity, obscurity; figurehead, puppet; nonperson
Near Antonymschief, head, lead, leader; celebrity, luminary, notable, personality, planet, star, superstar; authority, superior; great power, party, power
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