I came across an interesting Czech word today – hmyz, which means “insect, ant, bug, creepy-crawly”.
It appears in my Czech phrasebook in the sentence, “V našem pokoji je hmyz” (There are insects in our room).
It sounds like the sounds insects make, but there are other words for hum in Czech – bzučet, vrčet, hučet (verbs); bzukot, šum, hukot (nouns).
Related words include:
– hmyzožravec = insectivore
– hmyzožravý = insectivorous
– repelent proti hmyzu = insect repellent