assassin bug


assassin bug

noun

Definition of ASSASSIN BUG

:  any of a family (Reduviidae) of bugs that are usually predatory on insects though some (as a kissing bug) suck the blood of mammals —called also reduviid

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First Known Use of ASSASSIN BUG

1895

as·sas·sin bug

noun \ə-ˈsas-ən-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ASSASSIN BUG

: any bug of the family Reduviidae—compare conenose

assassin bug

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 4,000 insect species (family Reduviidae) characterized by a thin, necklike structure connecting the narrow head to the body. Many species are common to North and South America. Ranging in size from 0.5 to 1 in. (13–25 mm), assassin bugs use their short, three-segmented beak to suck body fluids from their victims. Most assassin bugs prey on other insects; some, however, suck blood from vertebrates, including humans, and transmit diseases. One species, the large assassin bug, defends itself by accurately “spitting” saliva toxic enough to blind a human.

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