insect meaning

EN[ˈɪnsɛkt] [-ɛkt]
  • Insects (from Latin insectum, a calque of Greek ἔντομον [éntomon], "cut into sections") are a class of invertebrates within the arthropod phylum that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen),
  • The life cycles of insects vary but most insects hatch from eggs. Insect growth is constrained by the inelastic exoskeleton and development involves a series of molts.
  • Adult insects typically move about by walking, flying, or sometimes swimming (see below, Locomotion).
  • Humans regard certain insects as pests, and attempt to control them using insecticides and a host of other techniques. Some insects damage crops by feeding on sap, leaves or fruits. A few parasitic species are pathogenic.

    Definition of insect in English Dictionary

  • NounPLinsects
    1. An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
      1. Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
    2. COL Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc.
      1. The swamp is swarming with every sort of insect. ‎
    3. A contemptible or powerless person.
      1. The manager’s assistant was the worst sort of insect. ‎
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • These insect and mole-rat colonies are multi-organismic equivalents of single organisms.
      • However, a few hymenopterans and hemipteroids do possess the ancestral insect mitogenome gene order.
      • A recent biological inventory uncovered 41 species and 2 subspecies of insects new to science and many species not before identified in the State of Washington.
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Insects may overwinter in fallen fruit if it is not removed.
    3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
      • This pattern (i.e., old origin and more recent diversification) suggests a scenario of replacement in carnivory among polyneopterous insects.
      • In the last part of his paper Przibram calls attention to the characteristic, striking tendency to homœosis in certain genera of Crustacea and insects.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Nouns
      • Countable nouns
    Related Links:
    1. en insects
    2. en insectivorous
    3. en insecticide
    4. fr insecticide
    5. en insectivore
    Source: Wiktionary
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    Meaning of insect for the defined word.

    Grammatically, this word "insect" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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