sec-, seg-, -sect, -section, -sectional

(Latin: to cut)

1. Resembling an insect.
2. Like an insect in shape or form.
insectifuge (s) (noun), insectifuges (pl)
A substance or preparation for driving off or repelling insects.
1. A reference to or like an insect.
2. Having the nature of insects.
3. Consisting of insects.
insectine: insect
Belonging to or characteristic of an insect.
An order of small, terrestrial mammals, including the moles and shrews, which feed primarily on insects and other invertebrates.

They are mostly of small size, and their molar teeth have sharp cusps. Most of the species burrow in the earth, and many of those of cold climates hibernate in winter.

The order includes the moles, shrews, hedgehogs, tanrecs (small insectivore, native of Madagascar), and allied animals, also the colugo (arboreal nocturnal mammal of southeast Asia and the Philippines).

1. Any of various small, principally nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora, characteristically feeding chiefly on insects and including the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs.
2. An organism that feeds mainly on insects.

Although individually small, insects exist in enormous numbers and make up a very large part of the animal biomass in almost all non-marine environments.

In Queensland, Australia, pastures; for example, it is normal to have a greater total weight of Scarabaeidae larvae under the surface of the ground than of the beef cattle grazing above it.

A great many creatures depend on insects as their primary diet, and many that do not (and are thus not technically insectivores) nevertheless use insects as a protein supplement, particularly when they are breeding.

1. Feeding or subsisting on insects, adapted to feeding on insects.
2. An animal or plant that eats insects.

Plants that have specialized leaves or leaf parts capable of trapping and digesting insects; such as, the Venus's flytrap, the pitcher plants, and the sundews.

Two birds show us about insectivorous consumers.
These insectivorous birds are examples of insectivory consumers.
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Insectivorous bat populations adversely impacted by white-nose syndrome (WSN) and wind turbines, may be worth billions of dollars to North American agriculture.

—Quoted from "Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture"
by Justin G. Boyles, et al. in Science; April 1, 2011; page 41.
An entomologist.
Someone who specializes in the scientific study of insects; now usually referred to as an entomologist.
The scientific study of insects; now usually referred to as entomology.

This study often includes the study of other terrestrial arthropods; such as, spiders, scorpions, and ticks.

insectophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An abnormal fear of insects and similar arthropods: Jim remembered that Julie had insectophobia, also called "entomophobia", and didn't call her attention to the number of "bugs" near their bench where they were sitting, afraid that she would panic and run away!
To bisect lengthwise and horizontally.
The longitudinal division of the body in a plane parallel with the axis and at right angles to the meson [median plane that divides a body into two symmetrical halves].

Related cutting-word units: cast-; castrat-; -cise, -cide; -ectomy; mutil-; put-; temno-; -tomy; trunc-.