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crotonbug

[kroht-n-buhg] /ˈkroʊt nˌbʌg/
noun
Also, Croton bug.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; allegedly after the Croton Reservoir in Westchester Co., N.Y.; its opening in 1842 was supposedly coincident with a rise in New York City's cockroach population; see bug1
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British Dictionary definitions for croton bug

Croton bug

noun
1.
(US) another name for the German cockroach
Word Origin
C19: named after the Croton river, whose water was piped to New York City in 1842
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