mosquito

Definitions

  • The Fox and the Mosquitoes
    The Fox and the Mosquitoes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mosquito two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mosquitoes have teeth
    • n Mosquito (Zoöl) Any one of various species of gnats of the genus Culex and allied genera. The females have a proboscis containing, within the sheathlike labium, six fine, sharp, needlelike organs with which they puncture the skin of man and animals to suck the blood. These bites, when numerous, cause, in many persons, considerable irritation and swelling, with some pain. The larvæ and pupæ, called wigglers, are aquatic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 2,700 different species of mosquitoes
    • n mosquito One of many different kinds of gnats or midges the female of which bites animals and draws blood. They are insects of the order Diptera, suborder Nemocera, and chiefly of the family Culicidœ or gnats, though some members of related families, as Simuliidæ, are called mosquitos, the term being applied in most parts of the world to gnats which have a piercing and sucking proboscis and annoy man. The name is said to have arisen in the West Indies, where it specifically designates Culex mosquito, a gnat streaked with silvery white and having a black proboscis. Mosquitos are commonly supposed to be especially tropical insects; but they swarm in summer in almost inconceivable numbers in arctic and cold temperate latitudes, as in Labrador, or in the region of the Red River of the North, and throughout the moist wooded or marshy regions of British America. They breed in water, and hence are most numerous in marshy and swampy places. The life of the adult insect is very brief, and its natural food is a drop or two of the juice or moisture of plants. See cut under gnat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mosquitoes prefer children over adults
    • n Mosquito mos-kē′to a biting gnat, common in tropical countries
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Quotations

  • Austin O'Malley
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    “The best blood will at some time get into a fool or a mosquito.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Trivial things do matter... more people are killed each year by the bite of mosquitoes than are stepped upon by charging elephants.”
  • Don Marquis
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    “a man thinks he amounts to a great deal but to a flea or a mosquito a human being is merely something good to eat”
  • Kirk Kirkpatrick
    Kirk Kirkpatrick
    “Take a lesson from the mosquito. She never waits for an opening -- she makes one.”
  • Michelle Walker
    Michelle Walker
    “If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.”
  • Mary O'Connor
    Mary O'Connor
    “It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. mosquito, fr. mosca,fly, L. musca,. Cf. Musket
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp., dim. of mosca, a fly—L. musca.

Usage

In literature:

He's been hiving a swarm of bees; that's why he's got that mosquito net veil around his hat.
"Lady Betty Across the Water"
The air was full of sticky moisture, and mosquitoes buzzed about and bit viciously.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
The pirates at length repaired to the island of Juan Fernandez to refit, and William, one of the Mosquito Indians, was left behind.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
I was already speckled by the bites of a thousand swamp-flies and mosquitoes, that all night long had preyed upon me.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
At the same instant something like the buzz-z of a mosquito passed by his ear.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
There ain't that many mosquitoes in all Ioway, and they call this place a national playground.
"Maw's Vacation" by Emerson Hough
They now entered the region of that terrible pest, the mosquito.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Passed a large swamp, and here first met with that troublesome insect the mosquito.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
HONDURAS AND THE MOSQUITO COUNTRY.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mosquitoes are really a great annoyance at times.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
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In poetry:

Fond friends, don't grieve
For scenes like these,
Or smart from bugs, mosquitoes, fleas,
Dwell not with me.
"Dwell not with Me" by Anonymous Oceania
Can I not overtake you?
Are you one too many for me
Winged Victory?
Am I not mosquito enough to out-mosquito you?
"The Mosquito" by D H Lawrence
See that stately dromedary
As it walks along with pride
On its back there's two mosquitoes
Cheek to cheek and side by side.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
Were't not a shame, were't not a shame I say,
That in this sorry Brotherhood of Clay
No Necromance the Philtre can distil
To keep Mosquitoes, Death and Bores away?
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
In yonder green meadow, to memory dear,
He slaps a mosquito and brushes a tear;
The dew-drops hang round him on blossoms and shoots,
He breathes but one sigh for his youth and his boots.
"Lines -- for Berkshire Jubilee, Aug. 23, 1844" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Three years ago I landed here, a healthy active fellow,
But now my bones all ache, and my skin is nearly yellow;
There is no rest by night or day, from the evils here that plague you -
Mosquitoes, snakes, sandflies, and the cursed fever and argue.
"Squatting up in Queensland" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

A mosquito doesn't "bite," of course.
After the Mosquito's Bite, What Causes That Itch.
7 Tips to Manage Mosquito Season.
The village is located along the Mosquito Coast (or Miskito Coast), Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
'Mosquito' noisemaker silenced in Chinatown after youth rights group complains.
Mosquito noise device aims to annoy potential troublemakers.
It's mosquitoes like this that could carry the deadly West Nile virus.
Dogway area to be sprayed for mosquitoes (618.7KB).
Cicero (WSYR-TV) – Aerial mosquito spraying is now complete in Onondaga County.
Crews sprayed over the Cicero Swamp Monday night, in hopes of combating mosquito-borne illnesses, such as EEE and West Nile Virus.
Placer co mosquito and vector control district.
Fungus attacks not just mosquitoes, but parasites inside them.
Maria Coppola, 71, allegedly died of West Nile virus after beating bit by mosquitoes in front of her College Point home.
Smartphone users are creating a lot of buzz about an app that claims to repel mosquitoes KENS reports.
Plant This to Repel Mosquitoes.
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In science:

The idea was: mosquitoes were put in a hemispherical tent with a diameter of 230 cm, and a trap was set up somewhere in the tent.
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When a mosquito touched the trap, it would get killed because there we electrified grids on the trap.
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By this experiment, he estimated the mean speed of mosquitoes.
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Let t be the time interval in which there are m mosquitoes that are trapped.
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Let ρ be the density of mosquitoes in the tent, let c be the mean speed of the mosquitoes and let A be the effective area of the trap.
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