insect: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (in'sekt), [key]
- any animal of the class Insecta, comprising small, air-breathing arthropods having the body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and having three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings.
- any small arthropod, such as a spider, tick, or centipede, having a superficial, general similarity to the insects. Cf. arachnid.
- a contemptible or unimportant person.
- of, pertaining to, like, or used for or against insects: an insect bite; insect powder.
- insect (Thesaurus)