toad bug


noun

any of several small broad aquatic insect-eating hemipterous insects of the family Gelastocoridae, having toadlike characteristics.

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Origin of toad bug

First recorded in 1900–05
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for toad bug

  • A small insect called the toad-bug (Galgulus) lives abundantly on the banks of a pond on the campus of Stanford University.