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harlequin bug

noun

  1. a black stink bug, Murgantia histrionica, having red and yellow markings, that feeds on cabbages and other cruciferous plants.


harlequin bug

noun

  1. a brightly coloured heteropterous insect, Murgantia histrionica, of the US and Central America: a pest of cabbages and related plants: family Pentatomidae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of harlequin bug1

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

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Example Sentences

This is called the harlequin bug from its fantastic appearance.

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