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[bed-buhg] /ˈbɛdˌbʌg/
a flat, wingless, bloodsucking hemipterous insect, Cimex lectularius, that infests houses and especially beds.
any of several other bloodsucking bugs of the family Cimicidae.
Also, bed bug.
1800-10; bed + bug1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bedbugs
  • Because of their dislike for sunlight, bedbugs come out at night.
  • All bedbugs mate via a process termed traumatic insemination.
  • Therefore bedbugs are less dangerous than some more common insects such as the flea.
  • bedbugs thrive in places with high occupancy, such as hotels.
  • Many bedbugs have grown resistant to the weaker insecticides.
  • bedbugs are fairly fast in their movements, about equal to the speed of ants.
  • The exact temperature at which bedbugs must be frozen was not mentioned.
  • Another method that might be useful in controlling bedbugs is the use of neem oil.
British Dictionary definitions for bedbugs


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 bedbugs



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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bedbugs in Medicine

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

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