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How Mosquitoes Smell Us
2013-12-05 14:31:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many a pleasant summer’s evening has been ruined by the onset of swarms of mosquitoes, and studies have shown that the flying pests are drawn to both the carbon dioxide we exhale and the scent of our skin. A new study, published in the journal Cell, has found that mosquitoes actually use the same olfactory mechanism to detect both carbon dioxide and skin odors. "It was a real surprise when we found that the mosquito's CO2 receptor...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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