The definition of an insect is a bug- a small anthropoid with six legs and, sometimes, wings.(noun)
An ant is an example of an insect.
See insect in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L insectum (animale), lit., notched (animal), neut. of pp. of insecare, to cut into < in-, in + secare, to cut (see saw): from the segmented bodies: cf. entomo-
See insect in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin īnsectum
Origin: , from
Origin: neuter past participle of īnsecāre, to cut up (translation of Greek entomon, segmented, cut up, insect)
Origin: : in-, in; see in-2
Origin: + secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
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