Dysdercus

noun
Dys·​der·​cus | \ də̇sˈdərkəs \

Definition of Dysdercus

: a genus of long-legged slender-bodied usually brightly colored bugs (family Pyrrhocoridae) that feed chiefly in the developing seed of cotton causing discoloration of the lint — see cotton stainer

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History and Etymology for Dysdercus

New Latin, probably from Greek dysderkēs ugly, hard to see, from dys- + -derkēs (from derkesthai to see, flash)

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“Dysdercus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dysdercus. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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