insect [-'s] n

Fr. < L. insectum < insecāre, cut into < Gk. ἔντομον, name given to certain.

  1. Small invertebrate animal; winged creature, breathing by lateral spiracles; being that has articulated extremities and moveable antennae.
  2. Section; segment; small part; being whose body is separated from its spirit; small animal whose body appears divided into parts.