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chinch bug

a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains.
Origin of chinch bug
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The squash-bug, the chinch-bug, and the electric-light bug are examples of these.

  • Proletarians for the most part wish, chinch-bug fashion, to crawl into the Elysian fields now occupied by the hated capitalists.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • Such well-known insects as the Bed-bug and chinch-bug belong here.

  • Almost equally important is the damage wrought by the chinch-bug, which is also one of the greatest pests in wheat and oats.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
  • The chinch-bug is responsible for the loss of five per cent., or one bushel out of every twenty.

    Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for chinch-bug

chinch bug

a black-and-white tropical American heteropterous insect, Blissus leucopterus, that is very destructive to grasses and cereals in the US: family Lygaeidae
a related and similar European insect, Ischnodemus sabuleti
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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