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  • a, b, c, d. Larva, cocoon, nympha, and insect of Caddis-fly
    a, b, c, d. Larva, cocoon, nympha, and insect of Caddis-fly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n insect small air-breathing arthropod
    • n insect a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Insect properly pinned up Insect properly pinned up
Dipteran insect Dipteran insect
Parts of Insects Parts of Insects
Biting Mouth Parts of an Insect Biting Mouth Parts of an Insect
Mussel Scale-Insect (Mytilaspis pomorum Mussel Scale-Insect (Mytilaspis pomorum

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stinging insects kills approximately 25 people annually in the U.S
    • Insect (Zoöl) Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
    • Insect (Zoöl) Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
    • Insect Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
    • Insect Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.
    • Insect Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
    • Insect (Zoöl) One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name for insect poop is frass
    • n insect A small, usually winged and many-legged, invertebrate creature whose body appears to consist of several segments: a term used in popular speech without exactitude, being applied not only to flies, fleas, dragon-flies, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, crickets, grasshoppers, roaches, beetles, bugs, lice, and other familiar creatures properly called insects, but also, improperly, to other small creatures whose structure and relations are not popularly understood, as the so-called coral insect, which is an actinozoan.
    • n insect In zoology, any member of the class or other division of animals called Insecta; an arthropod; a condylopod; an articulated animal with articulated legs, especially one with six such legs; a hexapod. See Insecta and Hexapoda, 1.
    • insect Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an insect or insects: as, insect transformations; insect architecture.
    • insect Like an insect in any respect; small; mean; contemptible.
    • insect To seek or catch insects, as a bird does.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fleas jump the equivilant of one insect feet.
    • n Insect in′sekt a word loosely used for a small creature, as a wasp or fly, with a body as if cut in the middle, or divided into sections:
    • adj Insect like an insect: small: mean
    • n Insect in′sekt (zool.) an arthropod, usually winged in adult life, breathing air by means of tracheæ, and having frequently a metamorphosis in the life-history
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.”
  • Bill Vaughan
    Bill Vaughan
    “When the insects take over the world we hope they will remember, with gratitude, how we took them along on all our picnics.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. Sing, says he, and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. insectum, pa.p. of insecārein, into, secāre, to cut.


In literature:

Insects cause an annual loss to the people of the United States of over $1,000,000,000.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
Every week brings some fresh leaf or flower, bird or insect.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
The insect poisons caused swelling and pain instead of instant death.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
I had heard that insects were thus caught, but knew nothing further on the subject.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
Men suffer from shell shock, and why should not insects suffer from the terrific noise of bursting guns?
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
The mosquito, like many other insects, has an intermediate stage between the egg and the grown mosquito.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The white are terribly tormented by the insects; and they are weak and sluggish in proportion to the white.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
When the flesh is bruised or eaten by insects it assumes a reddish-brown color, and in this respect it resembles A. rubescens.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
We sprayed the monsters with fire as workmen spray fruit trees with insect poison.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
They are actually monstrous flys, or bugs, or some form of insects.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
He collects now with avidity, gathering especially insects and birds.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
There by the cataract of the White River, half a mile across the plateau from the insect city, he had once been captured.
"Loot of the Void" by Edwin K. Sloat
Grape-growers commonly call these insects "thrips," a name, however, which really belongs to a very different class of insects.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
It is not only beneficial insects, however, which are being imported, but diseases of injurious insects.
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
He was sweat-streaked and bitten by many insects.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
They feed on mollusks and marine insects which they generally reach by tipping in shallow water.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The birds he kept in cages; the insects in glass-covered boxes.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
She's damp: and far too full of insects.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
In our county it is longer lived than any other apple tree and freer from insects.
"The Apple" by Various
There were no insects, except one kind of fly about one-fourth the size of the common house-fly.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton

In poetry:

Begin with simple lessons--things
On which they love to look:
Flowers, pebbles, insects, birds on wings--
These are God's spelling-book.
"The Teacher's Lesson" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
For what, in truth, are we who claim
An endless life beyond the grave,
But insects of a larger frame,
Whose souls may be too small to save?
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
The quick of the earth burned out:
The toil of all our ages a loss
With leaf and insect. Yet flitting thought
(Not to be thought ridiculous)
"A Woman Unconscious" by Ted Hughes
He is the first, the last, the all,
Yet number'd up with insects small.
The first of all things, yet alone
The second of the great Three-one.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
The fairest flow'rets of the mead,
The sparkling gem, the insect gay,
From the dark womb of earth proceed,
And borrow from the dust their ray.
"Summer: Monday Morning" by John Bowring
I. WHEN midst an idle, senseless, crowd,
The flutt'ring insects of the day,
Thou seest thy pouting little friend
So coldly pleas'd, so sadly gay;
"The Drawing Room" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Insect repellents are becoming a necessary garden tool .
An early heat wave has helped bring an attack of large red insects to the city with notoriously bad sanitation.
IN 1987, William T Vollmann published his first novel, "You Bright and Risen Angels," which narrated the endless struggle, down through history, between insects and electricity.
The single insect was recently caught in a trap at a home in the northeast Lemoore area.
With Fall just around the corner many people need to be aware that although insects may slow down a bit, they don't go away.
View full size Peggy Turbett, Plain Dealer file Sugar maples, like most trees, can lose leaves and branches due to disease, insects, drought, compacted soil or other problems.
About 19,000 gypsy moth traps are being set across Wisconsin to monitor the invasive insect.
In this May 30, 2005 file photo, several insects being studied for their nutritional value are seen at the zoology building in Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, Mexico.
Lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are parasitic insects that infest the human scalp.
Deteriorating forest conditions and widespread damage from insects and diseases may affect up to 2.8 million acres of forest east of the Cascades.
Winter is not a favorite season for those who like to putter around in the garden, but it does have advantages, namely a scarcity of insects.
Tiny insects have taken over the Lincoln County courthouse.
Cave drawings show beekeepers "smoking" their hives, preparing for insect interaction.
There's a buzz in Ventura County about an event this weekend celebrating some of nature's most important insects.
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Course Set for Nov 14.

In science:

Starting from an element in X (naturally identified with the bottom level via the identity relation), the next stopping time is when another vertex in X is reached by the insect in the simple random walk on T .
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
In fact, the insect can directly pass from Ai to Aj with probability αi,j or go down to any Ak such that Ak  Ai, and then come back to Ai with probability αk, i, and one starts the recursive argument.
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
Let x, y ∈ X and let p be the transition probability of the generalized Insect Markov chain.
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
Let P be the corresponding generalized Insect Markov chain on X .
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
Two dimensional models of CRW has been used to describe the motion of amoeba and insects .
Correlated Gaussian random walk models of animal dispersal
Imagine for example certain insects, say butterflies.
Correlated Gaussian random walk models of animal dispersal
The propulsion of insects that walk on water is possible because of the force between the interface and the rigid cylindrical legs [4–7].
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
Bastolla et al. (Bastolla et al., 2009) have shown that the effective competition between two species (say two species of insect) can be reduced if they have common neighbours with which they are in symbiosis (for instance, if they both pollinate the same plant).
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
A realization of the hawk-dove game among insects is found in some species of fig wasps.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Only recently has it become widely accepted that sympatric speciation (i.e., speciation without geographic isolation) may have generated many species of insects, fishes, and birds.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Distributional solution One could interpret the last item as saying that the Chern Simons state defines a rigorous element of D∗ and now the question is whether it is annihilated by the rigorously defined dual of the Hamiltonian constraint constructed insection 4.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
F (xn ) is a discrete transform function. A similar model has been also used in the analysis of insect data by Moran .
Stochastic description of the deterministic Ricker's population model
There are even some ‘warped’ scenarios in which there is an extra dimension of infinite size : in this case, we are literally the ‘scum of the Universe’, rather like insects skating on the surface of a pond, supported by surface tension.
Physics Beyond the Standard Model
He compared the taxonomic diversity of insect lineages with different degrees of modularity and found that lineages with greater life-stage modularity have greater rates of diversification .
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
Very large insects can impact the mercury surface with enough energy to poke holes in the liquid.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements