assassin-bug

assassin bug

noun
any of numerous bugs of the family Reduviidae, feeding chiefly on other insects but including some forms that are bloodsucking parasites of mammals.
Also called reduviid.


Origin:
1890–95

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assassin bug
 
n
any long-legged predatory, often blood-sucking, insect of the heteropterous family Reduviidae

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assassin bug as·sas·sin bug (ə-sās'ĭn)
n.
A predatory bug of the family Reduviidae having powerful piercing mouthparts that inflict irritating, painful bites on humans.

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