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Од Middle French insecte, од Латински īnsectum (with a notched or divided body, cut up), од perfect passive participle of īnsecō (I cut into, I cut up), од in- + secō (I cut), од the notion that the insect's body is "cut into" three sections. Calque of Антички Грчки ἔντομον (éntomon, insect), од ἔντομος (éntomos, cut into pieces).


  • IPA(кључ): /ˈɪnsɛkt/
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  • Риме: -ɪnsɛkt


insect (plural insects)

  1. An arthropod (in the Insecta class) characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
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    Our shed has several insect infestions, including ants, yellowjackets, and wasps.
  2. (colloquial) Any small arthropod similar to an insect, including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc.
    The swamp is swarming with every sort of insect.
  3. (derogatory) A contemptible or powerless person.
    The manager’s assistant was the worst sort of insect.


  • bug (colloquial)

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Originally having a wider meaning (sense 2), as in Aristotle. From Латински īnsectum (bug; cut up), from īnsecō (I cut up into). The Latin is a calque of Антички Грчки ἔντομον (éntomon, bug), from ἔντομος (éntomos).



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  1. insect, arthropod of the class Insecta.
    Синонимs: gekorven dier, kerfdier
  2. (now uncommon) bug (any small arthropod or invertebrate that somewhat resembles an insect)
    Синоним: gekorven dier


  • Caribbean Javanese: insèg
  • Papiamentu: insèkt, insekt