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harlequin bug

a black stink bug, Murgantia histrionica, having red and yellow markings, that feeds on cabbages and other cruciferous plants.
Also called cabbage bug, calicoback, calico bug, harlequin cabbage bug.
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1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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harlequin bug

a brightly coloured heteropterous insect, Murgantia histrionica, of the US and Central America: a pest of cabbages and related plants: family Pentatomidae
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