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ter·mite

termite

 
pronunciation:
tuhr maIt
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part of speech: noun
definition: an insect that eats wood. Termites have pale, soft bodies and look somewhat like ants. They live in large groups in warmer parts of the world. They can destroy trees, buildings, and other things made out of wood.
 
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derivation: termitic (adj.)
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