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
mosquitoeyplay \-ˈskē-tə-wē\ adjective
Recent Examples of mosquito from the Web
Canada was a massive land in a hard climate, frozen for half of the year and mosquito-infested for the other half.
The program explains why pesticides alone can’t solve the problem, especially given the many varieties of mosquitoes and the insect’s efficiency.
Along the way were clouds of mosquitoes, boggy land, permafrost and temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to minus 70 during one of the coldest years on record.
Larger counties with more resources are more likely to have their own mosquito surveillance programs.
On summer nights, Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge hosts the largest emergence of bats east of the Mississippi--300,000--and extra bonus, no mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are weak fliers and so are unable to cross the strong air currents created by fans.
Since we have no standing water sources and are not bothered by mosquitoes other than the occasional visitor, none of us wore repellent.
Wear a wide brim hat and sunscreen and put on mosquito repellent.
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MOSQUITO Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of mosquito for Students
: a small fly the female of which punctures the skin of people and animals to suck their blood
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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