'mosquito'

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'mosquito'

Post by Archived Topic » Thu Feb 11, 1999 12:00 am

Where did the word 'mosquito' originate from?
Submitted by Gabriel Carey (Tampa - U.S.A.)
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'mosquito'

Post by Jonathon Green » Fri Feb 12, 1999 8:00 am

It is a Spanish/Portuguese diminutive of 'mosca', a fly; itself from Latin 'musca'.
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