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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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  • Write to the Division of Entomology, Washington, for bulletins on the chinch bug.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • The chinch bug begins its terrible ravages in the wheat fields.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The chinch bug alone has demonstrated his power to devastate the wheat fields.

    Book of Monsters David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • It takes over twenty-four thousand chinch bugs to weigh one ounce.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • 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
  • 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
  • Found them so popular that he took on chinch bugs at a nickel, and fairly coined money.

  • 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


(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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