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February 26, 2013

How "Insect" Got Its Name

The word insect dates back to 1600, from the Latin word insectum, meaning "with a notched or divided body", or literally "cut into", from neuter plural of insectare, "to cut into, to cut up," from in- "into" + secare "to cut"; because insects are "cut into" three sections.

The word created by Pliny the Elder's loan-translation of the Greek word ἔντομος (éntomon) or insect, which was Aristotle's term for this class of life, also in reference to their "notched" bodies, first documented in English in 1601 in Holland's translation of Pliny.

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