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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 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

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 bedbugs

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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bedbugs 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 bedbugs

bedbug

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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