Origin of insect
Examples from the Web for insect
Bats are crucial to the ecosystem, performing extremely valuable jobs like pollination and insect control.
When you crush an insect, you have all these long worms uncoiling from the belly.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’|Andrew Romano|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The idea could be seen as well on cocktail looks in insect prints with appliqués winged insects resting on them.
The infighting, personality clashes, and insect politics of the academic world is so accurately funny it hurts.
An insect is squashed with a “sound like a burst of static.”
He has also pointed out another index to insect climates, borrowed from the Flora of a country.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)|William Kirby
The term "bug" has almost become a popular synonym for "insect."Eye Spy|William Hamilton Gibson
This insect makes its appearance in the spring, and may be observed in sandy places throughout the summer.
Such an arrangement tends to make the insect less easily seen than were it to display a continuous area of the same colour.The Life-Story of Insects|Geo. H. Carpenter
From the earwig's habit of watching over her young I am inclined to believe that this insect possesses true mother-love.The Dawn of Reason|James Weir
British Dictionary definitions for insect
Word Origin for insect
Word Origin and History for insect
c.1600, from Latin (animal) insectum "(animal) with a notched or divided body," literally "cut into," from neuter past participle of insectare "to cut into, to cut up," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Pliny's loan-translation of Greek entomon "insect" (see entomology), which was Aristotle's term for this class of life, in reference to their "notched" bodies.
First in English in 1601 in Holland's translation of Pliny. Translations of Aristotle's term also form the usual word for "insect" in Welsh (trychfil, from trychu "cut" + mil "animal"), Serbo-Croatian (zareznik, from rezati "cut"), Russian (nasekomoe, from sekat "cut"), etc.