crotonbug

crotonbug

[kroht-n-buhg]
Also, Croton bug.


Origin:
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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crotonbug

noun
small light-brown cockroach brought to United States from Europe; a common household pest [syn: German cockroach
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