assassin bug

noun

Definition of assassin bug

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

called also reduviid

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Known as an assassin bug, Sycanus uses its mouthpart to stab its insect prey, including the fire caterpillar, one of the most important pests of oil palm trees. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019 Indiana has its fair share of scary pests, ranging from wasps, assassin bugs and stink bugs to more harmful critters, such as poisonous spiders. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "This fish was caught in the Ohio River. If it makes it to Indiana, it could wreak havoc.," 10 Oct. 2018 The bedroom reeks pleasantly of timbers, mildew, brick; the kitchen at night races with mice and assassin bugs; and in the pasture the cows moan and ruminate and gather under the shade of the trees to escape the withering sun. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "Ramblin’ Man," 24 June 2019 The assassin bug wears its victims' corpses on its back, where the cadavers act as both shield and camouflage. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 The assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon. smithsonianmag.com, "Why the Assassin Bug More Than Lives Up to Its Name," 30 Sep. 2017

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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assassin bug

noun
as·​sas·​sin bug | \ ə-ˈsas-ᵊn- How to pronounce assassin bug (audio) \

Medical Definition of assassin bug

: any bug of the family Reduviidae — compare conenose

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