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ladybird beetle

[ley-dee-burd] /ˌleɪ diˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
Also called ladybird.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40, Americanism; lady (uninflected possessive case) Virgin Mary + bird; i.e. (our) Lady's bird

ladybug

[ley-dee-buhg] /ˈleɪ diˌbʌg/
noun
1.
any of numerous small, round, often brightly colored and spotted beetles of the family Coccinellidae, feeding chiefly on aphids and other small insects, but including several forms that feed on plants.
Also called ladybeetle, lady beetle, ladybird beetle, ladybird.
Origin
1690-1700; lady + bug1
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ladybug

n.

1690s, from lady + bug (n.). The "lady" is the Virgin Mary (cf. German cognate Marienkäfer). In Britain, now usually ladybird beetle (1704), through aversion to the word bug, which there has overtones of sodomy.

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