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stink bug

  1. any of numerous broad, flat bugs of the family Pentatomidae, that emit a disagreeable odor.
  2. any of various other malodorous bugs.
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Origin of stink bug

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Historical Examples of stink bug

  • It is even less concerned at being caught than is the skunk, or porcupine, or stink-bug.

    Under the Maples

    John Burroughs