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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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- \

Medical Definition of assassin bug 

: any bug of the family Reduviidae — compare conenose

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