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

  • n. Any of various mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, which can carry the malaria parasite and transmit the disease to humans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Anopheles genus of mosquitos, which can carry the parasite which causes malaria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of mosquitoes which are secondary hosts of the malaria parasites, and whose bite is the usual, if not the only, means of infecting human beings with malaria. Several species are found in the United States. They may be distinguished from the ordinary mosquitoes of the genus Culex by the long slender palpi, nearly equaling the beak in length, while those of the female Culex are very short. They also assume different positions when resting, Culex usually holding the body parallel to the surface on which it rests and keeping the head and beak bent at an angle, while Anopheles holds the body at an angle with the surface and the head and beak in line with it. Unless they become themselves infected by previously biting a subject affected with malaria, the insects cannot transmit the disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of true mosquitos (dipterous family Culicidæ), distinguished from the typical genus Culex by the long palpi of the female.
  • n. [lowercase] An insect of this genus.

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

  • n. malaria mosquitoes; distinguished by the adult's head-downward stance and absence of breathing tubes in the larvae


From Greek anōphelēs, useless : an-, without; see a-1 + ophelos, advantage, use (influenced by earlier *nōphelēs, useless).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀνωϕελής (anopheles, "useless"). (Wiktionary)



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