Definition of mosquito in English:


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Pronunciation: /mɒˈskiːtəʊ

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
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    • 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'.

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