assassin bug

assassin bug
noun Date: 1895 any of a family (Reduviidae) of bugs that are usually predatory on insects though some (as a kissing bug) suck the blood of mammals — called also reduviid

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  • assassin bug — ☆ assassin bug n. any of a family (Reduviidae) of large brownish hemipteran insects that kill other insects and suck the life fluids from them: some species suck blood from mammals and may transmit Chagas disease to humans …   English World dictionary

  • assassin bug — any of numerous bugs of the family Reduviidae, feeding chiefly on other insects but including some forms that are bloodsucking parasites of mammals. Also called reduviid. [1890 95] * * * Any of about 4,000 insect species (family Reduviidae)… …   Universalium

  • assassin bug — noun a true bug: long legged predacious bug living mostly on other insects; a few suck blood of mammals • Syn: ↑reduviid • Hypernyms: ↑heteropterous insect • Hyponyms: ↑conenose, ↑cone nosed bug, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • assassin bug — as·sas·sin bug ə sas ən n any bug of the family Reduviidae compare CONENOSE * * * 1. cone nose b. (def. 1). 2. any of various other reduviids that have poisonous bites …   Medical dictionary

  • assassin bug — noun a bug from the family Reduviidae, that eats other insects ; some species may transmit Chagas disease to humans …   Wiktionary

  • assassin bug — noun a long legged predatory or bloodsucking bug occurring chiefly in the tropics, some kinds of which can transmit diseases to humans. [Family Reduviidae: numerous species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • assassin bug — assas′sin bug n. ent any of various large bugs of the family Reduviidae, many of which kill and extract the blood of other insects and some of which are bloodsucking parasites of mammals • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • assassin bug — /əˈsæsən bʌg/ (say uh sasuhn bug) noun any insect of the heteropterous family Reduviidae, most of which are predacious and some of which are blood sucking parasites of warm blooded animals …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Bug (Starship Troopers) — The Bugs are a fictional extraterrestrial race in the novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, its film adaptation (and its first and second sequels and spin off ), sometimes also referred to as the Arachnids, although this is a misnomer,… …   Wikipedia

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