- any of numerous pale-colored, soft-bodied, chiefly tropical social insects, of the order Isoptera, that feed on wood, some being highly destructive to buildings, furniture, etc.
Origin of termite
Examples from the Web for termite
What drew you to the theme and why did you choose to set Lark & Termite in the past, and not say, during the current Iraq War?
Lark & Termite (Random House) marks a critical comeback for Phillips.
The different species of Termite are not equally industrious.The Industries of Animals
No doubt, to his own mind, he had placed them near one of the termite highways.
If you knew what you were talking about, you wouldn't dismiss the termite so casually!
I've never happened to be in termite country, though I've heard tales about them.
This type of termite was armored more poorly than the others.
- any whitish ant-like social insect of the order Isoptera, of warm and tropical regions. Some species feed on wood, causing damage to furniture, buildings, trees, etcAlso called: white ant
Word Origin and History for termite
1849, back-formation from plural form termites (1781), from Modern Latin termites (three syllables), plural of termes (genitive termitis), a special use of Late Latin termes "woodworm, white ant," altered (by influence of Latin terere "to rub, wear, erode") from earlier Latin tarmes. Their nest is a terminarium (1863).
- Any of various pale-colored insects of the order Isoptera that live in large colonies and feed on wood. Termites resemble ants in their appearance, manner of living, and social organization, but are not closely related. Termites can be very destructive to wooden buildings and structures. Also called isopteran