Balmain bug

Bal·​main bug | \ ˈbal-ˌmān- How to pronounce Balmain bug (audio) \

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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First Known Use of Balmain bug

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Balmain bug

after Balmain, town and fishing port near Sydney, Australia

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“Balmain bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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