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giant water bug

noun
1.
See under water bug.

water bug

noun
1.
any of various aquatic bugs, as of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bug)
2.
(loosely) a large cockroach, especially the American cockroach.
Origin of water bug
1740-1750
1740-50
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  • A good many kinds of bugs live in the water, but perhaps the oddest of all is the giant water bug.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
British Dictionary definitions for giant water bug

water bug

noun
1.
any of various heteropterous insects adapted to living in the water or on its surface, esp any of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bugs), of North America, India, and southern Africa, which have flattened hairy legs
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