mosquitos


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

mosquitos

Any flies (diptera) of the family Culicidae . Mosquitos of medical importance are found in the genera Anopheles (transmit MALARIA and FILARIASIS), Aedes (transmit YELLOW FEVER, DENGUE and filariasis), Culex (transmit ENCEPHALITIS and filariasis) and Mansonia (transmit filariasis).
References in classic literature ?
"Well, you see," was the answer, "these Mosquitoes have had their fill; if you drive these away, others will come with fresh appetite and bleed me to death."
Therefore it was imperative to sleep under mosquito netting.
Dusk fell rapidly, and as Tom and Ned walked a little way down toward the river before turning in under the mosquito canopies, the young financial man said:
They dared not dream of taking the ground, since here, as on the shores of the Uyanza, legions of mosquitoes covered the soil in dense clouds.
There came a night when he raved, and the sound of a woman's name rang out from the open windows of the little bungalow, rang out through the drawn mosquito netting amongst the palm-trees, across the surf-topped sea to the great steamer which lay in the bay.
That night, crawling in among the twisted roots of a banyan tree, he had slept from exhaustion while the mosquitoes had had their will of him.
Nobody ever came to it, for in winter it was too dreary, and in summer so full of mosquitoes that only a Backfisch indifferent to spots could have borne it.
The nights were suffocating, and it was almost impossible to sleep, from the swarms of mosquitoes.
There, buzzing in the air at the tip of his nose, was a lone mosquito. It was a full-grown mosquito, one that had lain frozen in a dry log all winter and that had now been thawed out by the sun.
No; there were no mosquitoes, although, one summer when the south wind blew for ten days--an unprecedented thing--a few mosquitoes had been carried up from San Pablo Bay.
"We have some very large mosquitoes here, which sing as beautifully as song birds," replied the Tin Woodman.
I said there seemed to be a few mosquitoes left yet -- and Miss Maria laughed.