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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 of ladybug
1690-1700
1690-1700; lady + bug1
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  • After a while people began to wonder where Mrs. ladybug went when she dashed away like that.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The ladybug is a great help to men who own fruit orchards in the West.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • And it wasn't long before everybody understood Mrs. ladybug's ways.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • "It won't help you to be untruthful," Mrs. ladybug told her severely.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Luckily Mrs. ladybug had kept her eyes open when talking with the gentleman in the striped yellow coat.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And now it was Mrs. ladybug's turn to look amazed and bewildered.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • At least, they soon discovered Mrs. ladybug standing beside a blazing dwelling near the pasture fence.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And when she caught sight of him Mrs. ladybug paused in her labors.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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