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[chinch] /tʃɪntʃ/
(loosely) a bedbug.
Origin of chinch
1615-25; < Spanish chinche < Latin cīmic- (stem of cīmex) bug Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The chinch bug begins its terrible ravages in the wheat fields.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The chinch bugs might bother everyone else, but Martin seemed to be able to guard against them with fair success.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • It takes over twenty-four thousand chinch bugs to weigh one ounce.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Oniscus asellus was sometimes called "socchetre," "church louse," and "chinch."

    The British Woodlice Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Found them so popular that he took on chinch bugs at a nickel, and fairly coined money.

  • Unfortunately we cannot prevent all of the damage done by chinch bugs, but we can diminish it somewhat by good clean agriculture.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • In Orange county, North Carolina, farmers were once obliged to suspend wheat-growing for two years on account of the chinch bug.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The grain growers are losing over one hundred million dollars a year on account of the work of the chinch bug.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • The chinch bug alone has demonstrated his power to devastate the wheat fields.

    Book of Monsters

    David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • For two years the crop had been almost wholly destroyed by chinch bugs.

British Dictionary definitions for chinch


(Southern US) another name for a bedbug
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex bug
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chinch

"bedbug," 1610s, from Spanish/Portuguese chinche (diminutive chinchilla) "bug," from Latin cimicem (nominative cimex) "bedbug." Related: Chinch-bug.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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