This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
Where did the word 'mosquito' originate from?
Submitted by Gabriel Carey (Tampa - U.S.A.)
Signature: Topic imported and archived
It is a Spanish/Portuguese diminutive of 'mosca', a fly; itself from Latin 'musca'.
Signature: Jonathon Green