- any mosquito of the genus Anopheles, certain species of which are vectors of the parasite causing malaria in humans, distinguished from other mosquitoes by the absence of breathing tubes in the larvae and by the head-downward stance of the adult while resting or feeding.
Origin of anopheles
1895–1900; < New Latin < Greek anōphelḗs useless, hurtful, harmful, equivalent to an- an-1 + -ōpheles- variant stem of óphelos profit; earlier (a)n- (with vowel lengthening) + opheles-, written in Mycenaean Greek as nopere
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Examples from the Web for anopheles
In contrast to the veteran Anopheles, the Aedes mosquito did not arrive until the 1980s.Chikungunya: The Mosquito-Borne Virus That Contorts Your Limbs
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The Anopheles is more common in the country, while the Culex is a city pest.
The other division of malaria-hunters pursued the trail of the Anopheles to her lair.Preventable Diseases
Usually it can be definitely shown that no Anopheles occur there.
On the other hand, the Fiji Islands have Anopheles but no malaria.
Other mosquitoes may be there in abundance, but if no Anopheles, there is no malaria.
- any of various mosquitoes constituting the genus Anopheles, some species of which transmit the malaria parasite to man
C19: via New Latin from Greek anōphelēs useless, from an- + ōphelein to help, from ophelos help
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Word Origin and History for anopheles
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- A genus of mosquitoes containing over 90 species, many of which are vectors of malaria.
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