Termite meaning

tûrmīt
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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.
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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.
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Any of various pale-colored insects of the order Isoptera that live in large colonies and feed on wood. Termites resemble ants in their appearance, manner of living, and social organization, but are not closely related. Termites can be very destructive to wooden buildings and structures.
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A white bodied, wood-consuming insect of the infraorder Isoptera, in the order Blattodea.
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Origin of termite

  • New Latin Termes genus name from Late Latin termes termit- woodworm alteration of Latin tarmes

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from termites. Possibly from Latin termites (three syllables), plural of termes.

    From Wiktionary

  • Also possible a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *term- (“drill").

    From Wiktionary