[ ney-soot ]
/ neɪˈsut /
a soldier termite characterized by a beaklike snout through which a sticky secretion repellent to other insects is emitted.
Origin of nasute
1645–55 for earlier sense “big-nosed”; < Latin nāsūtus big-nosed, equivalent to nāsū- (combining form of nāsus nose) + -tus adj. suffix
Related formsna·sute·ness, noun
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