Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) small air-breathing arthropod
  2. (noun, person) a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect

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Synonyms of Insect

dirt ball, louse, worm

Origin of the word Insect

  1. c.1600, from L. insectum (animal) "(animal) with a notched or divided body," lit. "cut into," from neuter pp. of insectare "to cut into, to cut up," from in- "into" + secare "to cut" (see section). Pliny's loan-translation of Gk. entomon "insect" (see entomology), Aristotle's term for this class of life, in ref. to their "notched" bodies. Firs… more

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