mosquito

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noun mos·qui·to \mə-ˈskē-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of mosquito

plural

mosquitoes

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mosquitos

  1. :  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

mosquitoey

play \-ˈskē-tə-wē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of mosquito

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

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MOSQUITO Defined for English Language Learners

mosquito

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Definition of mosquito for English Language Learners

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


MOSQUITO Defined for Kids

mosquito

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noun mos·qui·to \mə-ˈskē-tō\

Definition of mosquito for Students

plural

mosquitoes

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


Medical Dictionary

mosquito

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noun mos·qui·to \mə-ˈskēt-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w)\

Medical Definition of mosquito

plural

mosquitoes

also

mosquitos

  1. :  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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