bed bug

bedbug

[bed-buhg]
noun
1.
a flat, wingless, bloodsucking hemipterous insect, Cimex lectularius, that infests houses and especially beds.
2.
any of several other bloodsucking bugs of the family Cimicidae.
Also, bed bug.


Origin:
1800–10; bed + bug1

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bedbug (ˈbɛdˌbʌɡ)
 
n
any of several bloodsucking insects of the heteropterous genus Cimex, esp C. lectularius of temperate regions, having an oval flattened wingless body and infesting dirty houses: family Cimicidae

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bedbug
1809, from bed + bug.
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bedbug bed·bug (běd'bŭg')
n.
A wingless, odorous insect with a flat, reddish body that infests dwellings and bedding and feeds on human blood.

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