[ kyoo-leks ]
/ ˈkyu lɛks /

noun, plural cu·li·ces [kyoo-luh-seez] /ˈkyu ləˌsiz/.

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.
Compare anopheles.

Origin of culex

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin: gnat, midge

Related forms

cu·li·cine [kyoo-luh-sahyn, -sin] /ˈkyu ləˌsaɪn, -sɪn/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for culex


/ (ˈkjuːlɛks) /

noun plural -lices (-lɪˌsiːz)

any mosquito of the genus Culex, such as C. pipiens, the common mosquito

Word Origin for culex

C15: from Latin: midge, gnat; related to Old Irish cuil gnat
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Medicine definitions for culex


[ kyōōlĕks′ ]


A genus of mosquitoes that act as vectors for many diseases of humans and domestic and wild animals.

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