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or Croton bug

[kroht-n-buhg] /ˈkroʊt nˌbʌg/
Origin of crotonbug
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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  • We call it the croton bug, but it is not a bug at all, it is a cockroach.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The croton bug (Ectobia germanica) as a factor in bacterial dissemination.

  • If you dislike to touch the cockroach so much, perhaps you will look at this picture of a croton bug.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • It is a small black-beetle or cockroach, called by scientists "Blatta germanica" and by others the "croton bug."

    Enemies of Books William Blades
British Dictionary definitions for croton bug

Croton bug

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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