mosquito

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English[edit]

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Aedes aegypti biting a human.

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish mosquito (gnat), diminutive of Spanish mosca (fly), from Latin musca (fly), from Proto-Indo-European *mūs- (fly, stinging fly, gnat). Cognate with Flemish meuzie (mosquito), Swedish dialectal mausa (mosquito), Lithuanian musė (a fly). See also midge.

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mosquito (plural mosquitos or mosquitoes)

  1. A small flying insect of the family Culicidae, known for biting and sucking blood, leaving an itching bump on the skin. However, only the female of the species bites animals and humans. They are known to carry diseases like malaria and yellow fever.

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mosquito (third-person singular simple present mosquitos, present participle mosquitoing, simple past and past participle mosquitoed)

  1. To fly close to the ground, seemingly without a course.

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito

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From mosca +‎ -ito

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito

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Diminutive of mosca

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito
  2. gnat
  3. Diminutive of mosco, small fly

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