croton bug


Also, Croton bug.

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 Unabridged
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Croton bug
(US) another name for the German cockroach
[C19: named after the Croton river, whose water was piped to New York City in 1842]

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