Origin of anophelesModern Latin from Classical Greek an?phel?s, harmful from an-, without + ophelos, use, help
any of a genus (Anopheles) of mosquitoes that can carry and transmit various diseases, esp. malaria
Any of various mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, which can carry the malaria parasite and transmit the disease to humans. Also called anopheles mosquito .
Origin of anophelesNew Latin Anōphelēs genus name from Greek anōphelēs useless an- without ; see a- 1. ophelos advantage, use ( influenced by earlier nōphelēs useless )
- Some species of mosquitoes, such Female Anopheles costalis, Loew.
- The summer is propagated by the mosquito (Anopheles claviger) marks a new epoch; the most diverse theories as to its origin had hitherto been propounded, but it is now possible to combat it on a definite plan, by draining the marshes, protecting the houses by fine mosquito-proof wire netting (for Anopheles is not active by day), improving the water supply, &c., while for those who have fever, quinine (now sold cheaply by the state) is a great specific. A great improvement is already apparent; and a law carried in 1903 for the Bonifica dell' Agro Romano compels the proprietors within a radius of some 6 m.
- Anopheles rarely bites by day, and then only in dark places.
- The island has a bad reputation for malaria, due to the fact that it offers a considerable quantity of breeding places for the Anopheles claviger, the mosquito whose bite conveys the infection.
- In 1557, however, a great flood caused the Tiber to change its course, so that it no longer flowed under the walls of the castle, but some half a mile farther west; and its old bed (Fiume Morto) has ever since then served as a breeding ground for the malarial mosquito (Anopheles claviger).