Definition of “insect” - English Dictionary

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“insect” in British English

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insectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪn.sekt/ us /ˈɪn.sekt/

A2 a type of very small animal with six legs, a body divided into three parts and usually two pairs of wings, or, more generally, any similar very small animal:

Ants, beetles, butterflies, and flies are all insects.
I've got some sort of insect bite on my leg.

More examples

  • Some trees exude from their bark a sap that repels insect parasites.
  • An insect bit me on the arm.
  • Why did you stamp on that insect?
  • Outside the tent I could hear the constant drone of insects.
  • The spider preys on small flies and other insects.

(Definition of “insect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“insect” in American English

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insectnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪn·sekt/

biology a type of small animal with six legs, a body divided 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)