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.

1690–1700; lady + bug1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

1690s, from lady + bug. The "lady" is the Virgin Mary (cf. Ger. cognate Marienkäfer). In Britain, now usually ladybird beetle (1704), through aversion to the word bug, which there has overtones of sodomy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
In which a tiny ladybug's progress across a journal page is a metaphor for
  one's own.
The ladybug keeps munching for a little while, and then it gets slower and
  slower and slower until it stops, he says.
When players tap the ladybug, it will move offscreen to signal victory.
Players will also create cels to make the ladybug animated.
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