An example of a mosquito is a pesky flying summer bug that can cause West Nile virus, malaria and yellow fever.
nounpl. -·toes or -·tos
Origin of mosquitoSpanish and Port, diminutive of mosca from Classical Latin musca, a fly: see midge
nounpl. mos·qui·toes, or mos·qui·tos
Origin of mosquitoSpanishPortuguese from diminutive of mosca fly from Latin musca
nounpl. Mosquito, or Mos·qui·tos
Origin of MosquitoSpanish misquito, mosquito from Miskito Miskitu ethnic self-designation
(plural mosquitos or mosquitoes)
(third-person singular simple present mosquitos, present participle mosquitoing, simple past and past participle mosquitoed)
- To fly close to the ground, seemingly without a course.
From Spanish mosquito (“gnat"), diminutive of Spanish mosca (“fly"), from Latin musca (“fly"), from Proto-Indo-European *mÅ«s- (“fly, stinging fly, gnat"). Cognate with Flemish meuzie (“mosquito"), Swedish dialectal mausa (“mosquito"), Lithuanian musÄ— (“a fly"). See also midge.