true bug


noun

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Origin of true bug

First recorded in 1890–95
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Scientific definitions for true bug

true bug
[ trōō ]

Any of various insects of the group Heteroptera. True bugs usually have soft flat bodies, well-developed antennae, and stink glands. They include the water bugs, water striders, bedbugs, cinch bugs, lace bugs, and assassin bugs. Some scientists classify the true bugs as a suborder of the order Hemiptera rather than as a separate insect order. See Note at bug.
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