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[chinch] /tʃɪntʃ/
noun
2.
(loosely) a bedbug.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Spanish chinche < Latin cīmic- (stem of cīmex) bug
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  • Also if insects such as chinch-bugs become a problem, insecticides can be used.
  • chinch bugs are pretty bad here at present millet is not so good as it was last year on acct of them.
  • For example, the big-eyed bug is a natural predator of the chinch bug.
  • Finally, the flotation method for quantifying chinch bug populations will be displayed.
British Dictionary definitions for chinch

chinch

/tʃɪntʃ/
noun
1.
(Southern US) another name for a bedbug
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex bug
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Word Origin and History for chinch
n.

"bedbug," 1610s, from Spanish/Portuguese chinche (diminutive chinchilla) "bug," from Latin cimicem (nominative cimex) "bedbug." Related: Chinch-bug.

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