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



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmaɪt//
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an insect that lives in organized groups, mainly in hot countries. Termites do a lot of damage by eating the wood of trees and buildings. a termite colony See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originlate 18th cent.: from late Latin termes, termit- ‘woodworm’, alteration of Latin tarmes, perhaps by association with terere ‘to rub’.
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