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See also: Termite and térmite

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termites

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from termites. Possibly from Latin termites (three syllables), plural of termes.

Also possible a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *term- (drill).

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NounEdit

termite (plural termites)

  1. A white-bodied, wood-consuming insect of the infraorder Isoptera, in the order Blattodea.

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termite (third-person singular simple present termites, present participle termiting, simple past and past participle termited)

  1. (intransitive) Of a chimpanzee: to catch termites by inserting a stick or vine into their nest and waiting for them to climb up it.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the Late Latin termes, late variant of the Classical Latin tarmes (woodworm).

NounEdit

termite m, f (plural termites)

  1. termite (white-bodied, wood-consuming insect)

Usage notesEdit

While most dictionaries give termite has masculine, it is commonly used as a feminine noun, due to the ending -ite.

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termite m (plural termiti)

  1. termite (white-bodied, wood-consuming insect)

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termite m

  1. ablative singular of termes