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doodlebug

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[ dood-l-buhg ]
/ ˈdud lˌbʌg /
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noun
the larva of an antlion.
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Origin of doodlebug

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An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; doodle1 + bug1

Other definitions for doodlebug (2 of 2)

doodlebug2
[ dood-l-buhg ]
/ ˈdud lˌbʌg /

noun
any of various small, squat vehicles.
a divining rod or similar device supposedly useful in locating underground water, oil, minerals, etc.
British Informal. buzz bomb.

Origin of doodlebug

2
First recorded in 1865–70; special use of doodlebug1
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British Dictionary definitions for doodlebug

doodlebug
/ (ˈduːdəlˌbʌɡ) /

noun
another name for the V-1
a diviner's rod
a US name for antlion (def. 2)
US any of certain insect larvae that resemble the antlion

Word Origin for doodlebug

C20: probably from doodle + bug 1
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