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mosquito Line breaks: mos|quito
Pronunciation: /mɒˈskiːtəʊ/

Definition of mosquito in English:

noun (plural mosquitoes)

A slender long-legged fly with aquatic larvae. The bite of the bloodsucking female can transmit a number of serious diseases including malaria and elephantiasis.
  • Culex, Anopheles, and other genera, family Culicidae
Example sentences
  • Humans can contract the disease when bitten by mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus.
  • Only 30 years old, he died of yellow fever, transmitted by a mosquito's bite.
  • The pesticide kills mosquitoes, the blood-sucking pests that spread malaria.


Late 16th century: from Spanish and Portuguese, diminutive of mosca, from Latin musca 'fly'.

Words that rhyme with mosquito

Benito, bonito, burrito, coquito, graffito, Hirohito, incognito, Ito, magneto, Miskito, Quito, Tito, veto
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