- a bedbug of the genus Cimex.
Origin of cimex
1575–85; < New Latin, Latin cīmex bedbug
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Examples from the Web for cimex
It has the same habits and practically the same life cycle as Cimex lectularius.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
But the resources of one-and-twenty are not easily daunted, even by the presence of the cimex lectularius or the pulex irritans.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
In fact, in general outline they are strikingly like that bte noire of all good housekeepers—the Cimex lectularius.
The former dedicated a fine species of Cimex to Drury, figured in the first volume of these Illustrations, pl.
The physiology and activity of the bedbug (Cimex lectularius L.) in a natural infestation.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
- any of the heteropterous insects of the genus Cimex, esp the bedbug
C16: from Latin: bug
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Word Origin and History for cimex
Latin, "bug, bedbug," also a term of reproach, of uncertain origin. Related: Cimiceous "buggy;" cimicine "smelling of bugs."
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