- any of numerous mosquitoes constituting the widespread genus Culex, distinguished by the habit in the adult of holding the body parallel to the feeding or resting surface, as the common house mosquito, C. pipiens.
Origin of culex
< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin: gnat, midge
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The Anopheles is more common in the country, while the Culex is a city pest.
It is usually only during the lulls in the wind that Culex can fly.
He did not recognize it as a Stegomyia, and thought it was a Culex.Insects and Diseases
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This is the Culex, which makes a "special line" in yellow fever.The American Egypt
That Culex (fatigans) can carry the parasite, has been proved past all doubt.Experiments on Animals
- any mosquito of the genus Culex, such as C. pipiens, the common mosquito
C15: from Latin: midge, gnat; related to Old Irish cuil gnat
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- A genus of mosquitoes that act as vectors for many diseases of humans and domestic and wild animals.
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