giant water bug
See under water bug.
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Definition for giant water bug (2 of 2)
any of various aquatic bugs, as of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bug).
(loosely) a large cockroach, especially the American cockroach.
Origin of water bug
First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for giant water bug
any of various heteropterous insects adapted to living in the water or on its surface, esp any of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bugs), of North America, India, and southern Africa, which have flattened hairy legs
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