or Cro·ton bug
[ kroht-n-buhg ]
/ ˈkroʊt nˌbʌg /
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Origin of crotonbug
1855–60, Americanism; allegedly after the Croton Reservoir in Westchester Co., N.Y.; its opening in 1842 was supposedly coincident with a rise in New York City's cockroach population; see bug1
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How to use crotonbug in a sentence
It is a small black-beetle or cockroach, called by scientists "Blatta germanica" and by others the "Croton Bug."Enemies of Books|William Blades
If you dislike to touch the cockroach so much, perhaps you will look at this picture of a croton bug.
The Croton bug (Ectobia germanica) as a factor in bacterial dissemination.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
We call it the croton bug, but it is not a bug at all, it is a cockroach.
British Dictionary definitions for crotonbug
US another name for the German cockroach
Word Origin for Croton bug
C19: named after the Croton river, whose water was piped to New York City in 1842
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