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Any of various mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, which can carry the malaria parasite and transmit the disease to humans. Also called anopheles mosquito.
[New Latin Anōphelēs, genus name, from Greek anōphelēs, useless : an-, without; see a-1 + ophelos, advantage, use (influenced by earlier *nōphelēs, useless).]
a·noph′e·line′ (-līn′, -lĭn) adj.
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n, pl -les
(Animals) any of various mosquitoes constituting the genus Anopheles, some species of which transmit the malaria parasite to man
[C19: via New Latin from Greek anōphelēs useless, from an- + ōphelein to help, from ophelos help]
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n., pl. -les.
any of several mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, certain species of which are vectors of the parasite causing malaria in humans.
[1895–1900; < New Latin < Greek anōphelḗs useless, hurtful, harmful =an- an-1 + -ophelēs, adj. derivative of óphelos profit]
a•noph′e•line` (-ˌlaɪn, -lɪn) adj., n.
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Any of various mosquitoes that can transmit malaria to humans.
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|Noun||1.||Anopheles - malaria mosquitoes; distinguished by the adult's head-downward stance and absence of breathing tubes in the larvae|
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
anopheline - any mosquito of the genus Anopheles
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