Definition of mosquito noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//məˈskiːtəʊ//
, also BrE//mɒˈskiːtəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//məˈskiːtoʊ//
(pl. mosquitoes, mosquitos) Invertebrates
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a flying insect that bites humans and animals and sucks their blood. One type of mosquito can spread the disease malaria. a mosquito bite See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Spanish and Portuguese, diminutive of mosca, from Latin musca ‘fly’.Extra examples He swatted the mosquito with a newspaper. I was awake all night scratching my mosquito bites. Stay indoors when mosquitoes are out. This strain of mosquito carries malaria and yellow fever. fish that feed on mosquito larvae
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