mosquito

noun
mos·​qui·​to | \ mə-ˈskē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce mosquito (audio) \
plural mosquitoes also mosquitos

Definition of mosquito

: any of a family (Culicidae) of dipteran flies with females that have a set of slender organs in the proboscis adapted to puncture the skin of animals and to suck their blood and that are in some cases vectors of serious diseases

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Other Words from mosquito

mosquitoey \ mə-​ˈskē-​tə-​wē How to pronounce mosquito (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mosquito in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rearden proves himself capable of providing new insight into something as simple as a mosquito to as world-shaking as the horrors of Dachau. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Our reviewers read a lot of books in 2020. Here are their favorites.," 25 Dec. 2020 The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed flag commissioners, and the public submitted more than 3,000 designs, including one featuring a giant mosquito. NBC News, "Mississippi's new magnolia flag starting to fly after vote," 5 Nov. 2020 The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed flag commissioners, and the public submitted more than 3,000 designs, including one featuring a giant mosquito. NBC News, "Mississippi's new magnolia flag starting to fly after vote," 5 Nov. 2020 West Nile virus, Zika, yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever, and a host of other transmissible hazards make the common mosquito the king of outdoor pests. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Bring a Screen Canopy Camping," 4 Dec. 2020 The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed flag commissioners, and the public submitted more than 3,000 designs, including one featuring a giant mosquito. NBC News, "Mississippi's new magnolia flag starting to fly after vote," 5 Nov. 2020 The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed flag commissioners, and the public submitted more than 3,000 designs, including one featuring a giant mosquito. NBC News, "Mississippi's new magnolia flag starting to fly after vote," 5 Nov. 2020 The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed flag commissioners, and the public submitted more than 3,000 designs, including one featuring a giant mosquito. NBC News, "Mississippi's new magnolia flag starting to fly after vote," 5 Nov. 2020 The governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed flag commissioners, and the public submitted more than 3,000 designs, including one featuring a giant mosquito. NBC News, "Mississippi's new magnolia flag starting to fly after vote," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mosquito

1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mosquito

Spanish, diminutive of mosca fly, from Latin musca — more at midge

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The first known use of mosquito was in 1572

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26 Jan 2021

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“Mosquito.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mosquito. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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mosquito

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mosquito

: a small flying insect that bites the skin of people and animals and sucks their blood

mosquito

noun
mos·​qui·​to | \ mə-ˈskē-tō How to pronounce mosquito (audio) \
plural mosquitoes

Kids Definition of mosquito

: a small fly the female of which punctures the skin of people and animals to suck their blood

mosquito

noun
mos·​qui·​to | \ mə-ˈskēt-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w) How to pronounce mosquito (audio) \
plural mosquitoes also mosquitos

Medical Definition of mosquito

: any of numerous dipteran flies of the family Culicidae that have a rather narrow abdomen, usually a long slender rigid proboscis, and narrow wings with a fringe of scales on the margin and usually on each side of the wing veins, that have in the male broad feathery antennae and mouthparts not fitted for piercing and in the female slender antennae and a set of needlelike organs in the proboscis with which they puncture the skin of animals to suck the blood, that lay their eggs on the surface of stagnant water, that include many species which pass through several generations in the course of a year and hibernate as adults or winter in the egg state, and that include some species which are the only vectors of certain diseases — see aedes, anopheles, culex

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