- a small lygaeid bug, Blissus leucopterus, that feeds on corn, wheat, and other grains.
Origin of chinch bug
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for chinch bug
The squash-bug, the chinch-bug, and the electric-light bug are examples of these.
Proletarians for the most part wish, chinch-bug fashion, to crawl into the Elysian fields now occupied by the hated capitalists.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
Such well-known insects as the Bed-bug and Chinch-bug belong here.
Almost equally important is the damage wrought by the chinch-bug, which is also one of the greatest pests in wheat and oats.
The chinch-bug is responsible for the loss of five per cent., or one bushel out of every twenty.
- a black-and-white tropical American heteropterous insect, Blissus leucopterus, that is very destructive to grasses and cereals in the US: family Lygaeidae
- a related and similar European insect, Ischnodemus sabuleti
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