mossie

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English[edit]

A mossie (Passer melanurus)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Afrikaans, from Dutch mus (a sparrow).

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Noun[edit]

mossie (plural mossies)

  1. (South Africa) The common name for various species of sparrow, especially Passer melanurus.
    • 1963, Lady Joy Petersen Packer, Home from Sea, page 221,
      Our four baby mossies have left the nest.
    • 1969, J. M. Winterbottom, Cornelis Janse Uys, Some Birds of the Cape, page 93,
      Another highly successful species, which has become a serious pest of fruit, is the Mossie or Cape Sparrow. The male mossie, with his black and white head and rufous mantle, is rather a handsome little bird; his wife lacks the head markings, being grey-brown with a pale eye-stripe.
    • 2004, Troy Blacklaws, Karoo Boy, page 78,
      He laughs a deep laugh that rumbles up from somewhere in his drumskin stomach. It spooks the mossies on the overhead telegraph wire.

Etymology 2[edit]

Diminutive formed from mosquito.

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Noun[edit]

mossie (plural mossies)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A mosquito.
    • 1996, Patricia Shaw, The Opal Seekers, unnumbered page,
      She came out, standing a head taller than him, tugging a loose cotton shift into place, and made for a rough brick fireplace beside a pile of rusting pots and pans.
      ‘Come inside,’ Willi said. ‘The mossies will eat you alive out here.’
    • 2003, Jack Lagan, A B Sea: A Loose-Footed Lexicon, page 211,
      Tip 1 : Make sure there is clearance between your body and the net. If the net touches your skin, the mossie will be able to bite you through it.
    • 2012, Susan Kurosawa, Coasting: A Year by the Bay, unnumbered page,
      He had becoms full of Bay intelligence about mosquito repellent measures. Apart from the obvious—mossie coils, citronella candles, zappers, fine nets suspended over beds and Rid roll-on or spray—he decided to invest in bush gear from an army disposal store. The mossies, who know a city slicker when they bite one, had been stinging clear through his Calvin Clone T-shirts from the Hong Kong markets and feasting on his bare arms as if presented with a juicy buffet.

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