anopheles

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See also: Anopheles and anophèles

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From Ancient Greek ἀνωφελής (anōphelḗs, useless).

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anopheles (plural anopheles)

  1. (entomology) Loose terminology for species in the Anopheles genus of mosquitoes, some of which may transmit various parasites, Plasmodium, that are the cause of malaria. More strictly speaking, as Anopheles is a proper name it should be capitalised.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1125:
      ‘I brought it back from the desert – they have been planting rice like fools, and now you get anopheles right up to the gates of Alexandria!’

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