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chinch bug

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Write to the Division of Entomology, Washington, for bulletins on the chinch bug.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The various forms of pests such as the chinch bug, potato beetles, and others do an enormous amount of damage each year.

British Dictionary definitions for chinch bug

chinch bug

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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