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bedbug

[bed-buhg] /ˈbɛdˌbʌg/
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
1800-1810
1800-10; bed + bug1
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Examples from the web for bedbug
  • My husband happened to be up in the middle of the night and discovered a bedbug walking across the sheet.
  • To prevent bedbug contamination of other areas, launderable items should be sealed in plastic bags for transport to the laundry.
  • bedbug infestations have been on the rise worldwide for the past decade.
  • bedbug cases have been on the rise recently across the world.
British Dictionary definitions for bedbug

bedbug

/ˈbɛdˌbʌɡ/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for bedbug
n.

also bed-bug, 1772, from bed (n.) + bug (n.).

[The bed bug] is supposed to have been first introduced to this country in the fir timber that was brought over to rebuild London after it had suffered by the great fire; for it is generally said that Bugs were not known in England before that time, and many of them were found almost immediately afterwards in the new-built houses. [the Rev. W. Bingley, "Animal Biography; or Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy of the Animal Creation," London, 1803]

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bedbug in Medicine

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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Slang definitions & phrases for bedbug

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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