Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various two-winged insects of the family Culicidae, in which the female of most species is distinguished by a long proboscis for sucking blood. Some species are vectors of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. Also called regionally skeeter. See Regional Note at possum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small flying insect of the family Culicidae, known for biting and sucking blood, leaving an itching bump on the skin. However, only the female of the species bites animals and humans. They are known to carry diseases like malaria and yellow fever.
  • v. To fly close to the ground, seemingly without a course.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of many different kinds of gnats or midges the female of which bites animals and draws blood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals

Etymologies

Spanish and Portuguese, from diminutive of mosca, fly, from Latin musca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish mosquito ("small fly"), from mosca ("fly"), + diminutive suffix -ito, from Latin musca (Wiktionary)

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