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noun 
  1. An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
Our shed has several infestions, including ants, yellowjackets, and wasps.
  1. (colloquial) Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc
The swamp is swarming with every sort of .
  1. A contemptible or powerless person.
The manager's assistant was the worst sort of insect.
Etymology: Latin insectum, past participle of insecare (to cut into) < secare cut


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