assassin bug


any of numerous bugs of the family Reduviidae, feeding chiefly on other insects but including some forms that are bloodsucking parasites of mammals.

Nearby words

  1. assailant,
  2. assam,
  3. assam states,
  4. assamese,
  5. assassin,
  6. assassin fly,
  7. assassinate,
  8. assassination,
  9. assateague island,
  10. assault

Origin of assassin bug

First recorded in 1890–95

Also called reduviid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for assassin bug

assassin bug


any long-legged predatory, often blood-sucking, insect of the heteropterous family Reduviidae
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Medicine definitions for assassin bug

assassin bug



A predatory bug of the family Reduviidae having powerful piercing mouthparts that inflict irritating, painful bites on humans.

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