Origin of cimex

1575–85; < New Latin, Latin cīmex bedbug Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural cimices (ˈsɪmɪˌsiːz)
  1. any of the heteropterous insects of the genus Cimex, esp the bedbug

Word Origin for cimex

C16: from Latin: bug
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Word Origin and History for cimex

Latin, "bug, bedbug," also a term of reproach, of uncertain origin. Related: Cimiceous "buggy;" cimicine "smelling of bugs."

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