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ter·mite

 (tûr′mīt′)
n.
Any of numerous pale-colored, usually soft-bodied social insects of the order Isoptera that live mostly in warm regions. Many species of termites feed on wood, often destroying trees and wooden structures. Also called isopteran, white ant.

[New Latin Termes, genus name, from Late Latin termes, termit-, woodworm, alteration of Latin tarmes.]
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termite

(ˈtɜːmaɪt)
n
(Animals) any whitish ant-like social insect of the order Isoptera, of warm and tropical regions. Some species feed on wood, causing damage to furniture, buildings, trees, etc. Also called: white ant
[C18: from New Latin termitēs white ants, pl of termes, from Latin: a woodworm; related to Greek tetrainein to bore through]
termitic adj
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ter•mite

(ˈtɜr maɪt)

n.
any of numerous pale-colored, soft-bodied, chiefly tropical, social insects of the order Isoptera that feed on wood, some being highly destructive to buildings, furniture, etc. Also called white ant.
[1775–85; taken as singular of New Latin termites, pl. of termes white ant, Latin tarmes wood-eating worm]
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ter·mite

(tûr′mīt′)
Any of numerous pale-colored insects that live in large colonies and that feed on and destroy wood. Termites resemble ants in their appearance, manner of living, and social organization, but they belong to a different order of insects.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.termite - whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on woodtermite - whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on wood
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Isoptera, order Isoptera - order of social insects that live in colonies, including: termites; often placed in subclass Exopterygota
dry-wood termite - any of various termites that live in and feed on dry wood that is not connected with the soil
Reticulitermes flanipes - destructive United States termite
Reticulitermes lucifugus - destructive European termite
Mastotermes darwiniensis - Australian termite; sole living species of Mastotermes; called a living fossil; apparent missing link between cockroaches and termites
Mastotermes electromexicus - an extinct termite found in amber in southern Mexico
Mastotermes electrodominicus - extinct termite found in amber in the Dominican Republic
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termite

noun
Related words
habitation termitarium
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Translations
نَمل أبْيَض يَقْرُض الخَشَب
termit
termit
termesz
termíti
termitas
termīts
termit
termit
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termite

[ˈtɜːmaɪt] Ntermita f, comején m
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termite

[ˈtɜːrmaɪt]
ntermite m
modif [mound, colony] → de termitesterm paper n (US)dissertation f (à la fin du trimestre)terms of reference npltermes mpl de référence
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termite

nTermite f
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termite

[ˈtɜːmaɪt] ntermite f
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termite

(ˈtəːmait) noun
a pale-coloured wood-eating kind of insect, like an ant.
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E proprio la storia del botanico e delle sue palme a riportarci a Calvino e alle Citta invisibili, nel mezzo della devastazione della rovina, Kublai Khan trovava spazio per pensare solo nelle citta visionarie disegnate per tratti essenziali da Marco Polo, nella leggerezza onirica delle sue scene urbane, sposata anche da Rosi: "solo nei resoconti di Marco Polo, Kublai Kan riusciva a discernere, attraverso le muraglie e le torri destinate a crollare, la filigrana d'un disegno cosi sottile da sfuggire al morso delle termiti" (Calvino, 2001: 5).
For the simulated field portion of this study, the accuracy of detection was evaluated in the Villa Termiti, an experimental structure built at the University of California, Berkeley's Richmond Field Station in 1993 for the purpose of evaluation of nonchemical termite management methods.
Layout of wooden testing arenas inside the Villa Termiti at UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station used for simulated field tests of the performance of active and passive bed bug monitors.