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crotonbug

or Cro·ton bug

[kroht-n-buhg]
noun
  1. German cockroach.
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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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