Termite
Termite Ter"mite, n.; pl. {Termites}. [F. See {Termes}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of pseudoneoropterous insects belonging to {Termes} and allied genera; -- called also {white ant}. See Illust. of {White ant}. [1913 Webster]

Note: They are very abundant in tropical countries, and are noted for their destructive habits, their large nests, their remarkable social instincts, and their division of labor among the polymorphic individuals of several kinds. Besides the males and females, each nest has ordinary workers, and large-headed individuals called soldiers. [1913 Webster]


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  • termite — [ tɛrmit ] n. m. • 1797; mot angl., du bas lat. termes, termitis, class. tarmes ♦ Insecte archiptère à quatre ailes, à pièces buccales broyeuses, à métamorphoses incomplètes, appelé aussi fourmi blanche, qui vit en société dans des termitières,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Termite — Sf (ein staatenbildendes Insekt) per. Wortschatz exot. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. tarmes ( itis) m., termes ( itis) Holzwurm .    Ebenso nndl. termiet, ne. termite, nfrz. termite, nschw. termit, nisl. termíti. ✎ DF 5 (1981), 168f.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • termite — s. f. [Química] Mistura em pó de óxido de ferro e de alumínio, usada em bombas incendiárias e na soldagem localizada de estruturas de aço. = TERMITA   ‣ Etimologia: inglês thermite   • Confrontar: térmite …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • térmite — s. f. [Entomologia] Inseto isóptero que vive em comunidade e é capaz de provocar grandes prejuízos na madeira. = FORMIGA BRANCA, TÉRMITA   ‣ Etimologia: latim tarmes, itis   • Confrontar: termite …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • termite — TERMÍTE s. f. pl. ordin de insecte tropicale de dimensiuni mici, asemănătoare furnicii, care trăiesc în muşuroaie. (< fr. termites) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • termite — (n.) 1849, back formation from plural form termites (1781), from Mod.L. termites (three syllables), plural of termes (gen. termitis), a special use of L.L. termes woodworm, white ant, altered (by influence of L. terere to rub, wear, erode ) from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Termite — Termite: Der Name des schabenähnlichen, besonders in den Tropen und Subtropen vorkommenden Insekts ist eine gelehrte Bildung des 18. Jh.s zu spätlat. termes (Akkusativ: termitem) »Holzwurm« (für klass. lat. tarmes). Das Baumaterial für das… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • térmite — sustantivo femenino 1. (macho y hembra) Uso/registro: restringido. Termita …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • térmite — (Del lat. termes, ĭtis). f. termes …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • termite — ► NOUN ▪ a small, soft bodied insect which feeds on wood and lives in complex colonies in large nests of earth. ORIGIN Latin termes woodworm …   English terms dictionary

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