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termite

División en sílabas: ter·mite
Pronunciación: /ˈtərˌmīt
 
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Definición de termite en inglés:

sustantivo

A small, pale soft-bodied insect that lives in large colonies with several different castes, typically within a mound of cemented earth. Many kinds feed on wood and can be highly destructive to trees and timber. Also called white ant.
  • Order Isoptera: several families
Example sentences
  • Dwarf mongooses mainly feed on insects like termites, locusts, beetles, grubs, larvae and spiders.
  • This is applicable especially, but not exclusively, to so-called social insects such as bees, wasps, ants and termites.
  • Some termites feed on the wood timber of houses, posing a danger as a roof or ceiling can collapse from the impact of their feeding.

Origen

late 18th century: from Latin termes, termit- 'woodworm', alteration of Latin tarmes, perhaps by association with terere 'to rub'.

Words that rhyme with termite

thermite

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