Ladybird La"dy*bird`, n. [Equiv. to, bird of Our Lady.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small beetles of the genus {Coccinella} and allied genera (family {Coccinellid[ae]}); -- called also {ladybug}, {ladyclock}, {lady cow}, {lady fly}, {ladybeetle}, and {lady beetle}. {Coccinella seplempunctata} in one of the common European species. See {Coccinella}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ladybirds are usually more or less hemispherical in form, with a smooth, polished surface, and often colored red, brown, or black, with small spots of brighter colors. Both the larv[ae] and the adult beetles of most species feed on aphids, and for this reason they are very beneficial to agriculture and horticulture. [1913 Webster]

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  • Ladybug — La dy*bug , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Ladybird}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ladybug — 1690s, from LADY (Cf. lady) + BUG (Cf. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ladybug — [lād′ēbug΄] n. [see LADYBIRD] any of a family (Coccinellidae) of small, roundish beetles with spotted backs, usually brightly colored: they feed chiefly on insect pests and their eggs …   English World dictionary

  • ladybug — UK [ˈleɪdɪˌbʌɡ] / US noun [countable] Word forms ladybug : singular ladybug plural ladybugs American a ladybird …   English dictionary

  • ladybug — noun Etymology: Our Lady, the Virgin Mary Date: 1699 any of numerous small nearly hemispherical often brightly colored often spotted beetles (family Coccinellidae) of temperate and tropical regions that usually feed both as larvae and adults on… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ladybug — /lay dee bug /, n. 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,… …   Universalium

  • ladybug — noun /ˈleɪ.di.bʌɡ/ any of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, typically having a round shape and a colorful shell. Also called ladybird or lady beetle. See for more information. Syn: lady bird, ladybird, lady beetle, lady beetle, ladybeetle …   Wiktionary

  • ladybug — la|dy|bug [ leıdi,bʌg ] noun count AMERICAN a small insect that has a round red or yellow body with small black spots on it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ladybug — [[t]le͟ɪdibʌg[/t]] ladybugs see ladybird …   English dictionary

  • ladybug — n. any of a number of small and brightly colored beetles, ladybird …   English contemporary dictionary

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