any of an order (Isoptera) of pale-colored social insects having a soft body and living in colonies composed of winged forms that mate and wingless workers and soldiers that are usually sterile or immature: they are very destructive to wooden structures and are found in the temperate zones and esp. in the tropics
Origin of termite; from Late Latin termes (gen. termitis) ; from Classical Latin tarmes, wood-boring worm ; from base of terere, to rub, bore: see throw
Any of numerous pale-colored, usually soft-bodied social insects of the order Isoptera that live mostly in warm regions. Many species of termites feed on wood, often destroying trees and wooden structures. Also called isopteran, white ant.
Origin of termiteNew Latin Termes, genus name, from Late Latin termes, termit-, woodworm, alteration of Latin tarmes.
eastern subterranean termites