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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Branches weakened by insects or disease are especially vulnerable in all kinds of storms.
Add sun block, insect repellent, butane lighter and an eye wash kit.
After turning on the insects and animals, the kids of the neighborhood turned on each other.
This may have meant that baby pterosaurs would have spent some time on the ground hunting insects and generally trying not to be eaten before learning how to take wing.
The blue halo is created by tiny, irregular striations—usually lined up in parallel fashion—and is found in all major groups of flowering plants pollinated by insects, the scientists report today in Nature.
While beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, pests shouldn't be an issue—the spice is actually said to be a natural insect repellent.
Leaves are eaten mainly by insects that in turn are eaten by other creatures.
Eyes are being squished out sockets, optical illusions are boggling my brain, and way too many insects and arachnids are involved — all of which are giving me nightmares.
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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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