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ter·mite

termite

 
pronunciation:
tuhr maIt
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part of speech: noun
definition: any of various light-colored, soft-bodied, somewhat antlike, and mainly tropical insects that feed on wood and thus may destroy wooden structures, trees, and the like.
The home buyers pulled out of the deal when they discovered the house had termites.
 
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derivation: termitic (adj.)
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  insect