Definition of anopheles in English:

anopheles

(also anopheles mosquito)

noun

  • A mosquito of a genus which is particularly common in warmer countries and includes the mosquitoes that transmit the malarial parasite to humans.

    Genus Anopheles, subfamily Anophelinae, family Culicidae

    Compare with culex
    • ‘Of the thousands of mosquito types, only the genus anopheles transmits malaria to humans.’
    • ‘Among a dozen mosquito types in Milan, experts are keeping a close eye out for the anopheles mosquito which is capable of transmitting malaria.’
    • ‘Millions of people die each year from malaria, which is transmitted through the bite of the anopheles mosquito.’
    • ‘Malaria is generally a tropical disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito.’
    • ‘The anopheles mosquito, carrying the scourge of malaria, was the unwitting executioner of thousands of European soldiers sent to garrisons in the West Indies, Africa, or India.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek anōphelēs ‘unprofitable, useless’.

Pronunciation

anopheles

/əˈnɒfɪliːz/