Human vs Insect - What's the difference?

human | insect |

As an adjective human

is (label) classical (of or pertaining to the classical - latin, greek - languages, literature, history and philosophy).

As a noun insect is

an arthropod in the class insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • (notcomp) Of or belonging to the species Homo sapiens or its closest relatives.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (comparable) Having the nature or attributes of a human being.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=She was like a Beardsley Salome , he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=20 citation , passage=The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. No one queried it. It was in the classic pattern of human weakness, mean and embarrassing and sad.}}
  • * 2011 August 17, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., The Many Wars of Google: Handset makers will learn to live with their new ‘frenemy’]'', ''Business World'', ''[[w:The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal] ,
  • Google wouldn't be human if it didn't want some of this loot, which buying Motorola would enable it to grab.


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    Derived terms

    * human behaviour * human being * human botfly * human capital * human chattel * human chorionic gonadotropin * human-computer interaction * human condition * human death * human development * Human Genome Project * human immunodeficiency virus * human insulin * human interest * humanism * humanist * humanization * humanize * humanizer * human knot * human kind, humankind * humanly * human movement * human nature * humanoid * human papillomavirus * human pyramid * human race * human relations * human resources (HR) * human rights * human trafficking * inhuman * inhumane * nonhuman, non-human * to err is human (human)


    (en noun)
  • A human being, whether man, woman or child.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katie L. Burke
  • , title= In the News , volume=101, issue=3, page=193, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans , including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola.}}


    (en verb)
  • (lb) To behave as or become, or to cause to behave as or become, a human.
  • * 2013 , Biosocial Becomings (ISBN 110702563X), page 19:
  • There are, then, many ways of humaning : these are the ways along which we make ourselves and, collaboratively, one another.
  • * 1911 , The collected works of Ambrose Bierce , volume 9, page 362:
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    {{ picdic , image=Insect anatomy diagram.svg , detail1= A=head B=thorax C=abdomen
    1=antenna 2=lower ocelli 3=upper ocelli 4=compound eye 5=brain 6=prothorax 7=dorsal artery 8=tracheal tubes 9=mesothorax 10=metathorax 11=first wing 12=second wing 13=midgut (stomach) 14=heart 15=ovary 16=hindgut 17=anus 18=vagina 19=nerve chord 20=Malpighian tubes 21=pillow 22=claws 23=tarsus 24=tibia 25=femur 26=trochanter 27=foregut 28=thoracic ganglion 29=coxa 30=salivary gland 31=subesophageal ganglion 32=mouthparts , detail3= }}


    (en noun)
  • An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= William E. Conner
  • , title= An Acoustic Arms Race , volume=101, issue=3, page=206-7, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.}}
  • (colloquial) Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc
  • A contemptible or powerless person.
  • Synonyms

    * bug (Colloquial 1,2)

    See also

    * arachnid * arthropod * beetle * bug * chafer * coleopter * entomology * larva * worm


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