any of numerous bugs of the family Reduviidae, feeding chiefly on other insects but including some forms that are bloodsucking parasites of mammals.
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Also called reduviid.
Origin of assassin bug
First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for assassin bug
any long-legged predatory, often blood-sucking, insect of the heteropterous family Reduviidae
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Medical definitions for assassin bug
[ ə-săs′ĭn ]
A predatory bug of the family Reduviidae having powerful piercing mouthparts that inflict irritating, painful bites on humans.
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