Definition of Balmain bug
: an edible marine crustacean (Ibacus peronii synonym I. incisus of the family Scyllaridae) that occurs mainly along the coast of southern Australia, has a flattened, reddish-brown body, and may reach a length of 9.8 inches (25 centimeters) In fact, the Balmain bug is another crustacean, recognizably of lobster descent but smaller and sweeter. — Clive Irving, Condé Nast Traveler, November 1994 Balmain bugs could star in their own horror movie. They look like mutant lobsters—flatter and broad-shouldered. — Marjie Lambert, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2006
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Origin and Etymology of balmain bug
after Balmain, town and fishing port near Sydney, Australia
First Known Use: 1970See Words from the same year
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