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 Insect Folk|Margaret Warner Morley
  • The Croton bug (Ectobia germanica) as a factor in bacterial dissemination.

  • We call it the croton bug, but it is not a bug at all, it is a cockroach.

    The Insect Folk|Margaret Warner Morley

British Dictionary definitions for crotonbug

Croton bug

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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