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noun, plural cu·li·ces [kyoo-luh-seez] /ˈkyu ləˌsiz/.
  1. 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.
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Compare anopheles.

Origin of culex

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin: gnat, midge
Related formscu·li·cine [kyoo-luh-sahyn, -sin] /ˈkyu ləˌsaɪn, -sɪn/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for culex

Historical Examples of culex

  • The Anopheles is more common in the country, while the Culex is a city pest.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)


  • It is usually only during the lulls in the wind that Culex can fly.

  • He did not recognize it as a Stegomyia, and thought it was a Culex.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • This is the Culex, which makes a "special line" in yellow fever.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • That Culex (fatigans) can carry the parasite, has been proved past all doubt.

British Dictionary definitions for culex


noun plural -lices (-lɪˌsiːz)
  1. any mosquito of the genus Culex, such as C. pipiens, the common mosquito
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Word Origin for culex

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


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