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squash bug

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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.
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Origin of squash bug

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for squash bug

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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