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  1. any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Culicidae, comprising the mosquitoes.
  1. belonging or pertaining to the culicids.

Origin of culicid

< New Latin Culicidae, equivalent to Culic-, stem of Culex culex + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • Chief among these are the Culicid, or mosquitoes, and the Simuliid, or black-flies.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • The pertinacity of the Culicid frequently renders them a most formidable pest.

British Dictionary definitions for culicid


  1. any dipterous insect of the family Culicidae, which comprises the mosquitos
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Culicidae

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Culicidae, from Latin culex gnat, culex
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