Water bug
Water bug Wa"ter bug` (Zo["o]l.) (a) The Croton bug. (b) Any one of numerous species of large, rapacious, aquatic, hemipterous insects belonging to {Belostoma}, {Benacus}, {Zaitha}, and other genera of the family {Belostomatid[ae]}. Their hind legs are long and fringed, and act like oars. Some of these insects are of great size, being among the largest existing Hemiptera. Many of them come out of the water and fly about at night. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • water bug — 1. any of various aquatic bugs, as of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bug). 2. (loosely) a large cockroach, esp. the American cockroach. [1740 50] * * * …   Universalium

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  • water bug — wa′ter bug n. 1) ent any of various aquatic bugs, as of the family Belostomatidae 2) ent (loosely) a very large, relatively slow cockroach, as the American cockroach • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • water bug — noun Date: 1750 any of various small arthropods and especially insects that frequent damp or wet places: as a. German cockroach b. water boatman c. any of various large aquatic bugs (family Belostomatidae) with the hind legs flattened and used… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • water bug — noun (C) AmE informal a small insect that lives in or on water …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Velvet water bug — Taxobox name = Velvet water bugs regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hemiptera subordo = Heteroptera infraordo = Gerromorpha superfamilia = Hebroidea superfamilia authority = familia = Hebridae familia authority =… …   Wikipedia

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