wheel bug


noun

an assassin bug, Arilus cristatus, that has a toothed, semicircular crest on the pronotum and preys on other insects.

Nearby words

  1. wheel and axle,
  2. wheel and deal,
  3. wheel animalcule,
  4. wheel back,
  5. wheel blacks,
  6. wheel clamp,
  7. wheel horse,
  8. wheel lock,
  9. wheel man,
  10. wheel of fortune

Origin of wheel bug

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

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British Dictionary definitions for wheel bug

wheel bug

noun

a large predatory North American heteropterous insect, Arilus cristatus, having a semicircular thoracic projection: family Reduviidae (assassin bugs)
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