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kissing bug

noun
1.
Informal.
  1. a person much given to kissing.
  2. an irresistible desire to kiss or be kissed.
2.
any of several assassin bugs that attack humans, sometimes inflicting painful bites.
Origin of kissing bug
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
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kissing bug

noun
1.
a North American assassin bug, Melanolestes picipes, with a painful bite, usually attacking the lips or cheeks of man
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