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See also: night biter
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /naɪt ˈbaɪtə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /naɪt ˈbaɪtɚ/
- Hyphenation: night-bi‧ter
- An animal, especially an insect such as a mosquito, that bites during the night.
1931 March 6, Clayton [Arbuthnot] Lane, Housing and Malaria: A Critical Summary of the Literature Dealing with the Subject (Series of League of Nations Publications; 3), Geneva: League of Nations Health Organisation, OCLC 220705408, page 34:
- The anopheles associated by experience with malaria are, in the main, house-haunters and night-biters, and at night their victim mainly spends his time in a house, circumstances which make it likely that the house is important in the transmission of malaria.
1954 June, Gardner Soule, “How to fight mosquitoes”, in Popular Science, volume 164, number 6, New York, N.Y.: Popular Science Publishing Company, ISSN 0161-7370, page 112:
- She [the mosquito] may be a night-biter or a day-biter. She may give an alarm: a hum made by the beating of her wings. Or she may be absolutely silent.
1965, Charles Wilcocks, “Transmission of Disease by Arthropods: Worms, Protozoa, Viruses, Bacteria”, in Medical Advance, Public Health and Social Evolution (The Commonwealth and International Library, Liberal Studies Division), Oxford: Pergamon Press, ISBN 812510 Invalid ISBN, page 160:
- He argued that since these embryos are so much more numerous in the blood at night than in the daytime, the insect must probably be a night-biter, and with this in mind he began to examine the commonest night-biting insect he knew, the mosquito Culex fatigans.
2000, Mary Vanderkooi, Village Medical Manual: A Layman's Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries, volume I (Principles and Procedures), 5th edition, Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, ISBN 978-0-87808-778-5, page 198:
- There are 3 main kinds of disease-transmitting mosquitoes: Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes. […] Anopheles are night biters and breed in clean water; Anopheles mosquitoes carry malaria and some filariasis.
2008, Vicente Belizario Jr., “Epidemiology of Malaria in the Philippines”, in Gisela P. Padilla Concepcion, Eduardo A. Padlan, and Caesar A[ya-ay] Saloma, editors, Selected Essays on Science and Technology for Securing a Better Philippines, volume I, Diliman, Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, ISBN 978-981-542-592-6 Invalid ISBN, page 210:
- In the Philippines, the principal malaria vector is Anopheles minimus var. flavirostris, a night-biter which breeds in slow-flowing, partly shaded streams that abound in the foothill areas.
2015, Dick Galbraith, Curim Sickness Belong Eye, Corpus Christi, Tex.: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., ISBN 978-1-63135-230-0, page 171:
- In Honiara all the ward lights in the hospital were turned on at sunset and stayed on all night—an attempt to keep the night biter at bay: a practice that was only partially effective.