Balmain bug

Bal·​main bug | \ˈbal-ˌmān- \

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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Balmain bug

Share Balmain bug

Statistics for Balmain bug

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Balmain bug

The first known use of Balmain bug was in 1970

See more words from the same year

Comments on Balmain bug

What made you want to look up Balmain bug? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!