An example of a mosquito is a pesky flying summer bug that can cause West Nile virus, malaria and yellow fever.
Origin of mosquitoSpanish and amp; Port, diminutive of mosca ; from Classical Latin musca, a fly: see midge
nounpl. Mosquito or Mos·qui·tos
Origin of MosquitoSpanish misquito, mosquito, from Miskito Miskitu, ethnic self-designation.
nounpl. mos·qui·toes or mos·qui·tos
Origin of mosquitoSpanish and Portuguese, from diminutive of mosca, fly, from Latin musca.
(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.