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[muh-skee-toh] /məˈski toʊ/
noun, plural mosquitoes, mosquitos.
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
1575-85; < Spanish, equivalent to mosc(a) fly (< Latin musca) + -ito diminutive suffix
Related forms
mosquitoey, adjective


[muh-skee-toh] /məˈski toʊ/
noun, plural Mosquitos (especially collectively) Mosquito.


or Mosquito

[muh-skee-toh] /məˈski toʊ/
noun, plural Miskitos (especially collectively) Miskito for 1.
a member of an American Indian people of northeastern Nicaragua and adjacent areas of Honduras.
the language of the Miskito. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -toes, -tos
any dipterous insect of the family Culicidae: the females have a long proboscis adapted for piercing the skin of man and animals to suck their blood See also aedes, anopheles, culex
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, diminutive of mosca fly, from Latin musca
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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.

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mosquito in Medicine

mosquito mos·qui·to (mə-skē'tō)
n. pl. mos·qui·toes or mos·qui·tos
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.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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