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kissing bug

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noun
Informal.
  1. a person much given to kissing.
  2. an irresistible desire to kiss or be kissed.
any of several assassin bugs that attack humans, sometimes inflicting painful bites.

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Origin of kissing bug

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for kissing bug

kissing bug

noun
a North American assassin bug, Melanolestes picipes, with a painful bite, usually attacking the lips or cheeks of man
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