Crossword clues for insect
- Firefly, e.g
- Entomology subject
- Cricket, for instance
- Crawling creature
- Class that comes from the Latin meaning "cut into parts"
- Carnivorous plant's prey
- Butterfly or wasp, for example
- Bird's snack, maybe
- Beetle, for example
- Beetle or butterfly
- Beetle or bee
- Beetle or ant
- Bat's prey
- Aardwolf prey
- Bug or fly
- Net gain?
- Treehopper, e.g.
- Ladybird, for one
- Antenna site
- Entomologist's interest
- Antenna holder, maybe
- Raid target
- It may have an antenna
- Beetle, for one
- Small air-breathing arthropod
- Has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
- Arthropod animal
- Thrips, e.g.
- Bee or beetle, e.g
- Earwig, e.g.
- Glowworm or earwig
- Entomological specimen
- Entomologist's subject
- Dor or thrips
- Ant or bee
- Maybe fly home with group of believers
- Maybe Ant and Dec finally accepted by fashionable crowd
- Creepy-crawly’s nicest cooked
- Eg, beetle or bee
- Eg butterfly, caught in small picture
- Small winged creature
- Six-legged creature
- Six-legged animal
- Fly, say?
- Stay in order to see well-camouflaged creature
- Twig-like creature
- Praying mantis, say, as part of religious group?
- Perhaps cricket is popular cult
- Pakistan's opener banned from test cricket, say
- Butterfly, e.g
- Bug home to cover religious order
- Bee or ant?
- Batting order in cricket?
- Batting order for cricket, say
- Batting order for cricket?
- Insignificant type involved in Shaolin sects
- Half-heartedly, tennis celeb's opener when playing cricket?
- As a heretic, worshipping cricket, perhaps?
- Contemptible one
- Contemptible person
- Fly or flea
- Bee, e.g
- Small creature
- Grub, e.g
- Cricket, e.g
- Thrips, e.g
- Cricket, for one
- Beetle, e.g
- Mosquito or fly
- Walking stick, e.g
- Six-legged critter
- Fly, e.g
- Entomology specimen
- Earwig, e.g
- Bee or flea
- Bee or beetle, for example
- Air-breathing arthropod
- Zapper victim
- Venus flytrap's catch
- Treehopper, e.g
- Spider or ant
- Snack for a gecko
- Six-legged crawler
- Primal Scream "___ Royalty"
- Pitcher plant's snack
- One can be found at the end of each answer
- One bearing antennae
- Nicest (anag) — six-footer
- Moth or mosquito
- Ladybird, for example
- Invertebrate creature
- Gecko's snack
- Fly, flea, or mosquito
- Fly or mosquito, e.g
- Fly or mosquito
- Fly or gnat
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Insect \In"sect\, a.
Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.
Insect \In"sect\ ([i^]n"s[e^]kt), n. [F. insecte, L. insectum, fr. insectus, p. p. of insecare to cut in. See Section. The name was originally given to certain small animals, whose bodies appear cut in, or almost divided. Cf. Entomology.]
(Zo["o]l.) One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.
Note: The hexapod insects pass through three stages during their growth, viz., the larva, pupa, and imago or adult, but in some of the orders the larva differs little from the imago, except in lacking wings, and the active pupa is very much like the larva, except in having rudiments of wings. In the higher orders, the larva is usually a grub, maggot, or caterpillar, totally unlike the adult, while the pupa is very different from both larva and imago and is inactive, taking no food.
(Zo["o]l.) Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
(Zo["o]l.) Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
Insect powder,a powder used for the extermination of insects; esp., the powdered flowers of certain species of Pyrethrum, a genus now merged in Chrysanthemum. Called also Persian powder.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1600, from Latin (animal) insectum "(animal) with a notched or divided body," literally "cut into," from neuter past participle of insectare "to cut into, to cut up," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Pliny's loan-translation of Greek entomon "insect" (see entomology), which was Aristotle's term for this class of life, in reference to their "notched" bodies.\n
\nFirst in English in 1601 in Holland's translation of Pliny. Translations of Aristotle's term also form the usual word for "insect" in Welsh (trychfil, from trychu "cut" + mil "animal"), Serbo-Croatian (zareznik, from rezati "cut"), Russian (nasekomoe, from sekat "cut"), etc.
n. An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
Insects (from Latin , a calque of Greek , "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), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. They are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms. The number of extant species is estimated at between six and ten million, and potentially represent over 90% of the differing animal life forms on Earth. Insects may be found in nearly all environments, although only a small number of species reside in the oceans, a habitat dominated by another arthropod group, crustaceans.
The life cycles of insects vary but most hatch from eggs. Insect growth is constrained by the inelastic exoskeleton and development involves a series of molts. The immature stages can differ from the adults in structure, habit and habitat, and can include a passive pupal stage in those groups that undergo 4-stage metamorphosis (see holometabolism). Insects that undergo 3-stage metamorphosis lack a pupal stage and adults develop through a series of nymphal stages. The higher level relationship of the Hexapoda is unclear. Fossilized insects of enormous size have been found from the Paleozoic Era, including giant dragonflies with wingspans of 55 to 70 cm (22–28 in). The most diverse insect groups appear to have coevolved with flowering plants.
Adult insects typically move about by walking, flying or sometimes swimming (see below, Locomotion). As it allows for rapid yet stable movement, many insects adopt a tripedal gait in which they walk with their legs touching the ground in alternating triangles. Insects are the only invertebrates to have evolved flight. Many insects spend at least part of their lives under water, with larval adaptations that include gills, and some adult insects are aquatic and have adaptations for swimming. Some species, such as water striders, are capable of walking on the surface of water. Insects are mostly solitary, but some, such as certain bees, ants and termites, are social and live in large, well-organized colonies. Some insects, such as earwigs, show maternal care, guarding their eggs and young. Insects can communicate with each other in a variety of ways. Male moths can sense the pheromones of female moths over great distances. Other species communicate with sounds: crickets stridulate, or rub their wings together, to attract a mate and repel other males. Lampyridae in the beetle order Coleoptera communicate with light.
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. Some insects perform complex ecological roles; blow-flies, for example, help consume carrion but also spread diseases. Insect pollinators are essential to the life-cycle of many flowering plant species on which most organisms, including humans, are at least partly dependent; without them, the terrestrial portion of the biosphere (including humans) would be devastated. Many other insects are considered ecologically beneficial as predators and a few provide direct economic benefit. Silkworms and bees have been used extensively by humans for the production of silk and honey, respectively. In some cultures, people eat the larvae or adults of certain insects.
Insects are six-legged arthropods of the class Insecta.
Insect or Insects may also refer to:
- Insects (album) by the band Breed 77
- Insects (film), upcoming Czech animated film
- Insects (journal), scientific periodical on entomology
- Insect-class gunboat
Usage examples of "insect".
Vandene and Careane were both tight-lipped, and even Adeleas seemed included, turning her head this way and that to study the women along the walls as she might have insects previously unknown to her.
The few deer, pheasant, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, and the like had multiplied to the point where some hunting was allowed, and as with all the Anchors, there was a complex ecological chain involving insects, birds, and many other creatures, not all of which were nice for or to humans but all of which were necessary to keep the system in some sort of balance.
The weight of the armored soldiers pushed the Archai back, but the twin forelimbs and suicidal tenacity of the insect warriors made them terrible opponents in a close-quarter fight like this one.
He gave a pretty demonstration of a bird chasing insects, darting, banking, soaring, whirling and plunging with the sun ashine upon the beauty of his snow-white plumage.
Swallow and Ata and any other women for a year, while we turn the tide to obliterate the Insects.
Curious, Audubon stopped and waited by some poppies for a closer look at the insects.
Thin bolts of energy stabbed through the barroom ceiling, transfixing people here and there like insects on pins.
The insect urgently thrust out into the light and Bergen spat it towards the other of the two men, who sprang back out of the way.
Any insects there now are there because the bionomics board planned it that way and the chief ecologist okayed the invasion.
And he was aware of each individual tree and every leaf upon all the branches, the roosting birdlife and dormant insects, the larger animals that slept hidden in the underbrush.
To a soldier, their faces were swollen and red with insect bites, and many had the glassy-eyed expressions of men ill with the ague.
Flies gathered around him in swarms, covering every part of his body, and he repeatedly had to remind himself of his Brahminical heritage which forbade him from swatting the bothersome insects.
If any time-travelers had brought budwood from improved stonefruits, the resulting trees might have been too susceptible to Pliocene insects and diseases to survive without chemical protection.
The moon was attending to business in the section of sky where it belonged, and the trees was making shadows on the ground according to science and nature, and there was a kind of conspicuous hullabaloo going on in the bushes between the bullbats and the orioles and the jack-rabbits and other feathered insects of the forest.
But Candlemas yelled as another insect tore into his robe at the shoulder, seeking sweet meat and rich red blood.