(also anopheles mosquito)
Definition of anopheles
- a mosquito of a genus which is particularly common in warmer countries and includes the mosquitoes that transmit the malarial parasite to humans. Compare with culex.
- Genus Anopheles, subfamily Anophelinae, family Culicidae
Pronunciation: /əˈnɒfɪlʌɪn, -liːn/adjective & noun
late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek anōphelēs 'unprofitable, useless'