bed·​bug | \ˈbed-ˌbəg \

Definition of bedbug 

: a wingless bloodsucking hemipterous bug (Cimex lectularius) sometimes infesting houses and especially beds and feeding on human blood

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Philly’s got bedbugs, and no good way to deal with them. Reading this online? Oona Goodin-smith,, "Why Philly is a bad place to get bedbugs, ringing in the Fourth with protests and Pitbull | Morning Newsletter," 5 July 2018 Inspectors and epidemiologists for the Health Department who arrived last week at Belmont Park in Elmont N.Y., found signs of the vermin, as well as bedbugs, in the squalid cottages and barracks where the grooms and tack are housed. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Hantavirus Was Not the Cause of Belmont Park Worker’s Death," 24 June 2018 On top of the water and fire damage, there were bedbugs, rats and roaches, crumbling structures, mold, faulty electricity, and unreliable heat and hot water. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.," 9 June 2018 Also noted in the report, the 18 calls to report bedbug problems in 2017 was down from the 24 complaints received in 2015 but more than double the eight received in 2016. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Calls about rodents down in 2017, but uptick in bedbugs and West Nile reports, Evanston health officials say," 12 June 2018 Inside the Soviet Crimean seaside resort's primitive, bedbug-ridden palaces, and between Stalin's many long vodka-fueled toasts, Roosevelt and Churchill made concessions to Stalin about Poland's provisional government and borders. Erick Trickey,, "When Hitler met Hoover: 9 instances of dictators scoring presidential face time," 10 June 2018 The inspection of the room did not reveal any evidence of bedbugs. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Victoria’s Secret Model Sues After She Was Allegedly ‘Massacred’ by Bedbugs at California Hotel," 29 June 2018 Exterminators did not find evidence of bedbugs during inspections or treatments, Porter said. Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "His bedbug bites are so bad, his doctor told him to move: 'I sprayed Raid on my skin.'," 20 June 2018 The structure was also the home for bedbugs, ticks and rats (not pets). Vincent Kituku, idahostatesman, "Investing in the lives of poor children changes the present and the future," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of bedbug

1708, in the meaning defined above

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bed·​bug | \ˈbed-ˌbəg \

Kids Definition of bedbug

: a small wingless insect that sucks blood and is sometimes found in houses and especially in beds


bed·​bug | \ˈbed-ˌbəg \

Medical Definition of bedbug 

: a wingless bloodsucking bug (Cimex lectularius) sometimes infesting houses and especially beds and feeding on human blood

called also chinch

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