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Definition of Insect

Insect

  1. One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.
  2. Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
  3. Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
  4. Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
  5. Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
  6. Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.

Insect Quotations

I'm obsessed with insects, particularly insect flight. I think the evolution of insect flight is perhaps one of the most important events in the history of life. Without insects, there'd be no flowering plants. Without flowering plants, there would be no clever, fruit-eating primates giving TED Talks.
Michael Dickinson

We live in a dancing matrix of viruses; they dart, rather like bees, from organism to organism, from plant to insect to mammal to me and back again, and into the sea, tugging along pieces of this genome, strings of genes from that, transplanting grafts of DNA, passing around heredity as though at a great party.
Lewis Thomas

Music as background to me becomes like a mosquito, an insect. In the studio we have big speakers, and to me that's the way music should be listened to. When I listen to music, I want to just listen to music.
David Lynch

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
Honore de Balzac
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Insect Translations

insect in Dutch is insekt
insect in French is insecte
insect in German is Insekt
insect in Hungarian is rovar
insect in Italian is insetto
insect in Norwegian is insekt, insekt
insect in Portuguese is inseto, insecto
insect in Spanish is insecto
insect in Swedish is insekt
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