Part of speech: noun

A small six legged animal, having the body divided into segments, as a bee, fly, wasp, or the like.

Part of speech: noun

Loosely, any small invertebrate; bug.

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Usage examples "insect":

  1. She left me to her attendant as completely as if he were removing an annoying insect. - "His Sombre Rivals", E. P. Roe.
  2. After twenty, forty minutes' waiting out of doors, I come upstairs again and return to my insect. - "The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles", Jean Henri Fabre.
  3. In the shore- waters of this early continent are myriads of living things, representing all the great families of the animal world below the level of the fish and the insect. - "The Story of Evolution", Joseph McCabe.