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The russet of oranges is caused by the bite of an insect on the skin.

The paper was a contribution to the life-history of this minute insect.

No; the spirit of a lion is not to be roused by the teasing of an insect.

There was no sound save the burring of some night insect over his head.

Or that the least insect in Japan has a name twice the length of its body?

There is not known to be a single ordinal form of insect extinct.

The insect whirled me around and then threw me to the floor.

The great family of beetles is one of the most important in the insect world.

We do not know whether this insect is known to naturalists or not.

Life none; not a beast of the earth, nor a fowl of the air, nor the hum of an insect.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from Latin (animal) insectum "(animal) with a notched or divided body," literally "cut into," from neuter past participle of insectare "to cut into, to cut up," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + secare "to cut" (see section (n.)). Pliny's loan-translation of Greek entomon "insect" (see entomology), which was Aristotle's term for this class of life, in reference to their "notched" bodies.

First in English in 1601 in Holland's translation of Pliny. Translations of Aristotle's term also form the usual word for "insect" in Welsh (trychfil, from trychu "cut" + mil "animal"), Serbo-Croatian (zareznik, from rezati "cut"), Russian (nasekomoe, from sekat "cut"), etc.

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