ter·​mite | \ ˈtər-ˌmīt How to pronounce termite (audio) \

Definition of termite

: any of numerous pale-colored soft-bodied social insects (order Isoptera) that live in colonies consisting usually of winged sexual forms, wingless sterile workers, and soldiers, feed on wood, and include some which are very destructive to wooden structures and trees

called also white ant

Examples of termite in a Sentence

The house has a lot of termite damage.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition, attendees can explore seminars on topics ranging from termites to home protection from natural disasters and many topics in between. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show will feature smart home tech, gardening experts," 22 Aug. 2019 Neither termites nor tree roots will keep the Spring Creek County Historical Association from preserving pieces of Tomball history, some dating back to the 1800s. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Museum tackles termites, tree roots to preserve more than a century of Tomball history," 29 Aug. 2019 Additionally, methane can leak from mud volcanoes, rice fields, and strangely, termites. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Methane, Anyway?," 29 Aug. 2019 The wood sold nowadays is new growth that does not fare well when exposed to sun, rain, termites or dry rot. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Don’t play the blame game over rotting fence posts; some simple steps can reinforce friendship and property values," 22 Aug. 2019 Pangolins are toothless and use a stickytongue— the giant’s stretches nearly two feet—to feast on termites. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 When that was done, Goldman and her husband leveled the structure due to a number of structural issues, mold and termites. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "A Pinterest, Instagram-inspired north-central Phoenix home. Take a look," 27 June 2019 West Bengal is one of the places where Mr Shah has railed against termites. The Economist, "India’s hunt for “illegal immigrants” is aimed at Muslims," 11 July 2019 Likewise, bacteria are essential partners in the digestive systems of creatures ranging from termites to humans. Quanta Magazine, "Where Animals Come From," 29 July 2014

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First Known Use of termite

1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for termite

New Latin Termit-, Termes, genus of termites, from Late Latin, a worm that eats wood, alteration of Latin tarmit-, tarmes; akin to Greek tetrainein to bore — more at throw entry 1

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The first known use of termite was in 1781

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English Language Learners Definition of termite

: a kind of soft, white insect that lives in groups, eats wood, and causes a lot of damage to wooden structures


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Kids Definition of termite

: a chewing insect resembling an ant that lives in large colonies and feeds on wood

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