cimex

[ sahy-meks ]
/ ˈsaɪ mɛks /
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noun, plural cim·i·ces [sim-uh-seez] /ˈsɪm əˌsiz/.

a bedbug of the genus Cimex.

Origin of cimex

1575–85; < New Latin, Latin cīmex bedbug
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cimex

/ (ˈsaɪmɛks) /

noun plural cimices (ˈsɪmɪˌsiːz)

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

cimex


n.

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

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