One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Zoology. Nose-shaped; having a pronounced proboscis; (Entomology) of or designating a caste of soldier termites of the genus Nasutitermes or the subfamily Nasutitermitinae, which have a nasus; of or designating a termite genus or species characterized by such soldiers.
A nasute termite.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin nāsūtus having a long nose, witty, satirical, sharp from nāsus nose + -ūtus, suffix forming adjectives from nouns.
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