squash bug

noun
  1. a dark-brown bug, Anasa tristis, that sucks the sap from the leaves of squash, pumpkin, and other plants of the gourd family.

Origin of squash bug

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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squash bug

noun
  1. any of various heteropterous insects of the family Coreidae, esp a North American species, Anasa tristis, which is a pest of squash, pumpkin, and related plants
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