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kissing bug

  1. a person much given to kissing.
  2. an irresistible desire to kiss or be kissed.
any of several assassin bugs that attack humans, sometimes inflicting painful bites.
Origin of kissing bug
1895-1900, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As the story went West, bites by Conorhinus sanguisuga and Rasatus thoracicus were without doubt termed "kissing-bug" bites.

  • Their bites and blood-sucking habits gave cause to the "kissing-bug" scare to which the newspapers gave great publicity.

    Great Hike Alan Douglas
  • An interesting psychological study was afforded in the summer of 1899, by the "kissing-bug" scare which swept over the country.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for kissing-bug

kissing bug

a North American assassin bug, Melanolestes picipes, with a painful bite, usually attacking the lips or cheeks of man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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