or Cro·ton bug

[ kroht-n-buhg ]
/ ˈkroʊt nˌbʌg /


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