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insectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.sekt/
A2 a ​type of very ​smallanimal with six ​legs, a ​bodydivided into three ​parts and usually two ​pairs of ​wings, or, more ​generally, any ​similar very ​smallanimal: Ants, ​beetles, ​butterflies, and ​flies are all insects. I've got some ​sort of insect bite on my ​leg.

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insectnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɪn·sekt/
biology a ​type of ​smallanimal with six ​legs, a ​bodydivided into three ​parts, and often two ​pairs of ​wings, for ​example, an ​ant, ​beetle, or ​butterfly
(Definition of insect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “insect”
in Korean 곤충…
in Arabic حَشَرة…
in Malaysian serangga…
in French insecte…
in Russian насекомое…
in Chinese (Traditional) 昆蟲…
in Italian insetto…
in Turkish böcek…
in Polish owad…
in Spanish insecto…
in Vietnamese côn trùng…
in Portuguese inseto…
in Thai แมลง…
in German das Insekt…
in Catalan insecte…
in Japanese 昆虫…
in Chinese (Simplified) 昆虫…
in Indonesian serangga…
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