- any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Culicidae, the females of which suck the blood of animals and humans, some species transmitting certain diseases, as malaria and yellow fever.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a twin-engined, two-seat British fighter and bomber of World War II, made largely of plywood and having a top speed of 380 miles per hour (610 km/h).
Origin of mosquito
- a member of an American Indian people of northeastern Nicaragua and adjacent areas of Honduras.
- the language of the Miskito.
Examples from the Web for mosquito
I chose it for its metaphorical resonance, but the mosquito bite theory might be the worse.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil
July 26, 2014
On another trip, a defiant caiman (a South American crocodile) devours his mosquito net.Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can
May 15, 2014
Its path here is almost comic: evidence indicates that the mosquito was brought because of the international used tire trade.
In contrast to the veteran Anopheles, the Aedes mosquito did not arrive until the 1980s.
What she concluded is that mosquito attractiveness is all relative.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why
August 6, 2013
The mosquito, quite ignored, would then have gone on in his deadly work.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Then for a time he slept beneath the mosquito bar in his tent.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
You know as much about them as this d—— mosquito that is just now biting my nose.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
You slap angrily at the place, and hurt yourself, but not the mosquito.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The journey was a peaceful relief after the storms of Mosquito Bend.The Night Riders
Word Origin and History for mosquito
1580s, from Spanish mosquito "little gnat," diminutive of mosca "fly," from Latin musca "fly," from PIE root *mu- "gnat, fly," imitative of insect buzzing (cf. Sanskrit maksa-, Greek myia, Old English mycg, Modern English midge, Old Church Slavonic mucha), perhaps imitative of the sound of humming insects.
- Any of various two-winged insects of the family Culicidae, in which the female of most species has a long proboscis for sucking blood. Some species are vectors of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.