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[bed-buhg] /ˈbɛdˌbʌg/
a flat, wingless, bloodsucking hemipterous insect, Cimex lectularius, that infests houses and especially beds.
any of several other bloodsucking bugs of the family Cimicidae.
Origin of bedbug
First recorded in 1800-10; bed + bug1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But on the subject of the Terran Federation, he's crazy as a bedbug.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • He has found the parasite in all stages of development in the bedbug.

    Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane
  • Well, I should eat a bedbug, if you can surpass it in this old town for dazzle.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • I've just been bit be a bedbug—an' I t'ought there wasn't a bedbug in the ship!

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • The experimenters doubted that the bedbug is a carrier of the virus in nature.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • While I was working in this way, getting more enraged every moment, a bedbug ran out of the seam between my fingers.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • Two years ago I had occasion to visit 21— Armour Avenue, a “50-cent house” in the infamous “bedbug row district.”

  • The bedbug has not been seen in a year in Porto Rico, though there is no reason why it should not be here.

  • It made a luxurious bed, and quite free from vermin; for a bedbug will never approach a bearskin.

  • The physiology and activity of the bedbug (Cimex lectularius L.) in a natural infestation.

British Dictionary definitions for bedbug


any of several bloodsucking insects of the heteropterous genus Cimex, esp C. lectularius of temperate regions, having an oval flattened wingless body and infesting dirty houses: family Cimicidae
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Word Origin and History for bedbug

also bed-bug, 1772, from bed (n.) + bug (n.).

[The bed bug] is supposed to have been first introduced to this country in the fir timber that was brought over to rebuild London after it had suffered by the great fire; for it is generally said that Bugs were not known in England before that time, and many of them were found almost immediately afterwards in the new-built houses. [the Rev. W. Bingley, "Animal Biography; or Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy of the Animal Creation," London, 1803]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bedbug in Medicine

bedbug bed·bug (běd'bŭg')
A wingless, odorous insect with a flat, reddish body that infests dwellings and bedding and feeds on human blood.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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