Insectile


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In`sec´tile


a.1.Pertaining to, or having the nature of, insects.
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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.
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.
Hence we once more find ourselves plunged deep "into" a discussion about insectile indeterminacy, contradictory possibility.
The cars sound almost like jen--that insectile scream--but with a diesely, lawn-mowerish component you can feet in your skull.