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a.1.Pertaining to, or having the nature of, insects.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Several new titans are introduced as well, such as the insectile Mothra, the pterodactyl-like Rodan and, straight out of mythical stories of old, the three-headed Ghidorah.
poets had inclined towards infinitesimal and insectile subjects.
If humanity is to save itself from the insectile, hive-like future associated with a Tech Singularity, the Human Singularity must prevail, empowering mankind to exert sufficient control over the production, distribution, and application of technology to prevent its unlimited oligarchical abuse.
I watched them disappear up the hillside in an insectile line, while I was thinking that I might not see a deer until noon or later, given the fact that it was cold in the bottom and I was seated a long way from the nearest agricultural fields.
There are insectile forms on its mesh edge and a grasshopper-like shape suspended from fishing line between the mesh and one of the branch 'legs'.
Drawing on his account of waking from a dream in which he was a butterfly, unsure whether he was a now actually a butterfly dreaming he was a man, the dancers switch between motionless sleep and insectile motion, with flapping wings and elongated appendages accompanied by the whispers, gurgles and clangs of Tan Dun's disconcerting Ghost Opera.
Might they, Burroughs speculates, nonetheless be frightened of the 'scorpion gods' (8), of insectile life, of the reptilian--perhaps indeed of everything to which Deleuze and Guattari refer as the 'rhizomatic', that which radically undermines the 'arborescent', progress-and development-oriented myths by which we are taught to live our lives?
When we were insectile carapaces, we had no need for waterproof clothes.
He portrays the automobile as a foreign body with vital juices, an insectile shell that can surround and invade the human body--a carapace.
(31) Culturally, humans have been contemplating and eschewing this vision of extended life for millennia, through Tithonius' insectile devolution to Swift's doddering "Struldbruggs." (32) Even those like Fukuyama who see compensatory social virtues in the physical limitations of the natural aging process do not recommend promoting those virtues by prolonging human senescence.
Dressed like a Victorian time traveler in striped trousers and a stovepipe hat, he reels about on long, insectile legs, playing the Butcher with a ludicrous, fabulous intensity.
On the opening track, a mournful shamisen wails over a sinister insectile buzz.