How the mosquito got its name, and why Samuel Johnson’s English dictionary stuck to calling the bloodsucking insect a gnat

//How the mosquito got its name, and why Samuel Johnson’s English dictionary stuck to calling the bloodsucking insect a gnat

How the mosquito got its name, and why Samuel Johnson’s English dictionary stuck to calling the bloodsucking insect a gnat

On August 20, 1897, Anopheles mosquitoes were shown, by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross, to be responsible for the transmission of the malaria parasite – a breakthrough in vector-borne diseases.Three centuries earlier the word “mosquito” entered the English language – now referring to any of the slender long-legged dipteran (two-winged) flies with aquatic larvae, of the Culicidae family, especially the genera Culex, Anopheles and Aedes, whose females’ long proboscis is used to puncture animals’…

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