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anopheles


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Anopheles  \A*noph"e*les\  ([.a]*n[o^]f"[-e]*l[=e]z),  n.  [NL.,  fr 
  Gr  'anwfelh`s  useless,  hurtful.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  genus  of  mosquitoes  which  are  secondary  hosts  of  the 
  malaria  parasites,  and  whose  bite  is  the  usual,  if  not  the 
  only,  means  of  infecting  human  beings  with  malaria.  Several 
  species  are  found  in  the  United  States.  They  may  be 
  distinguished  from  the  ordinary  mosquitoes  of  the  genus 
  {Culex}  by  the  long  slender  palpi,  nearly  equaling  the  beak 
  in  length,  while  those  of  the  female  {Culex}  are  very  short. 
  They  also  assume  different  positions  when  resting,  {Culex} 
  usually  holding  the  body  parallel  to  the  surface  on  which  it 
  rests  and  keeping  the  head  and  beak  bent  at  an  angle,  while 
  {Anopheles}  holds  the  body  at  an  angle  with  the  surface  and 
  the  head  and  beak  in  line  with  it  Unless  they  become 
  themselves  infected  by  previously  biting  a  subject  affected 
  with  malaria,  the  insects  cannot  transmit  the  disease. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Anopheles 
  n  :  malaria  mosquitoes;  distinguished  by  the  adult's 
  head-downward  stance  and  absence  of  breathing  tubes  in 
  the  larvae  [syn:  {Anopheles},  {genus  Anopheles}] 




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