crotonbug

or Cro·ton bug

[ kroht-n-buhg ]
/ ˈkroʊt nˌbʌg /

noun


Nearby words

  1. croton,
  2. croton bug,
  3. croton oil,
  4. crotona,
  5. crotonaldehyde,
  6. crotone,
  7. crotonic acid,
  8. crotonism,
  9. crotoxin,
  10. crottin

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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British Dictionary definitions for croton bug

Croton bug

noun

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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