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ladybug

[ley-dee-buhg]
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noun
  1. any of numerous small, round, often brightly colored and spotted beetles of the family Coccinellidae, feeding chiefly on aphids and other small insects, but including several forms that feed on plants.

Origin of ladybug

First recorded in 1690–1700; lady + bug1
Also called ladybeetle, lady beetle, ladybird beetle, ladybird.
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  • Who is this Mrs. Ladybug, to pick flaws in the beautiful Betsy Butterfly?

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • It will appear, from this, that Mrs. Ladybug was not always as pleasant as she might have been.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Mrs. Ladybug was one of the few that were sometimes disagreeable to Betsy.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • However, he could think of nothing but Mrs. Ladybug and her unkind speeches.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • And all at once somebody shouted, "It's Mrs. Ladybug's dinner bell!"

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey


Word Origin and History for ladybug

n.

1690s, from lady + bug (n.). The "lady" is the Virgin Mary (cf. German cognate Marienkäfer). In Britain, now usually ladybird beetle (1704), through aversion to the word bug, which there has overtones of sodomy.

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