any of various aquatic bugs, as of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bug ).
(loosely) a large cockroach, especially the American cockroach.
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Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of water bug
First recorded in 1740–50
Words nearby water bug
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British Dictionary definitions for water bug
any of various heteropterous insects adapted to living in the water or on its surface, esp any of the family Belostomatidae (giant water bugs), of North America, India, and southern Africa, which have flattened hairy legs
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