or Cro·ton bug


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

British Dictionary definitions for croton bug

Croton bug

  1. 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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