WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
ter•mite /ˈtɝmaɪt/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]

    a soft-bodied insect that feeds on wood:Some termites are highly destructive to buildings.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

termite /ˈtɜːmaɪt/ n
  1. any whitish ant-like social insect of the order Isoptera, of warm and tropical regions. Some species feed on wood, causing damage to furniture, buildings, trees, etc
Etymology: 18th Century: from New Latin termitēs white ants, pl of termes, from Latin: a woodworm; related to Greek tetrainein to bore through

termitic /tɜːˈmɪtɪk/ adj

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