Also, in quest of. Looking for, seeking, as in They went to California in search of gold, or I went to the library in quest of a quiet place to read. The first term dates from the mid-1400s, the second from the second half of the 1500s.
[in-sekt] /ˈɪn sɛkt/ noun 1. any animal of the class Insecta, comprising small, air-breathing arthropods having the body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and having three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. 2. any small arthropod, such as a spider, tick, or centipede, having a superficial, general similarity to […]
[in-sek-tuh] /ɪnˈsɛk tə/ noun 1. the class comprising the insects.
[in-sek-tair-ee-uh m] /ˌɪn sɛkˈtɛər i əm/ noun, plural insectariums, insectaria [in-sek-tair-ee-uh] /ˌɪn sɛkˈtɛər i ə/ (Show IPA) 1. a place in which a collection of living is kept, as in a zoo. /ˌɪnsɛkˈtɛərɪəm/ noun (pl) -tariums, -taria (-ˈtɛərɪə), -taries 1. a place where living insects are kept, bred, and studied
[in-sek-ter-ee] /ˈɪn sɛkˌtɛr i/ noun, plural insectaries. 1. a laboratory for the study of live insects, their life histories, effects on plants, reaction to insecticides, etc.