n. pl. mos·qui·toes or mos·qui·tos
Any of numerous slender two-winged insects of the family Culicidae, having aquatic larvae and in the adult female a long proboscis, used in most species for sucking blood. Some species of mosquitoes transmit the pathogens that cause certain diseases, notably malaria, yellow fever, and dengue. Also called regionally skeeter. See Note at tater.
[Spanish and Portuguese, from diminutive of mosca, fly, from Latin musca.]
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