bed·​bug | \ ˈbed-ˌbəg How to pronounce bedbug (audio) \

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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Examples of bedbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A day later, a hygiene services contractor contacted by Walmart found bugs crawling in the men's fitting room and identified them as bedbugs, police said. CBS News, "Police searching for person who may have released bedbugs at Pennsylvania Walmart," 6 Jan. 2020 Just keep in mind that some shelters have strict policies against receiving mattress donations due to the fear of bedbugs. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Properly Dispose of Your Mattress, Regardless of Its Condition," 27 Jan. 2020 Pennsylvania State Police are investigating after bedbugs were released in a Walmart changing room. NBC News, "Bedbugs released at Pennsylvania Walmart prompt investigation," 6 Jan. 2020 Tenant farmers were living in crude shacks infested with bedbugs and other parasites. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 But people on Twitter reminded the president of the bedbugs after his announcement to host the event elsewhere anyway. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "“A bow to reality”: Trump reverses decision to host G7 at his own resort," 20 Oct. 2019 These exist alongside the boils and bedbugs, the fleeing in the dark, the days and weeks and months of waiting that unmoor a person’s sense of time and strand them in a Kafkaesque eternity., "Unfolding in so many kinds of limbo - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 The central receiving jail was in the midst of a bedbug infestation. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Here are eight travel-ready products will protect you and your belongings from bedbugs. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Gross! What you need to know and do if your hotel room has bedbugs," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bedbug

1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedbug was in 1708

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“Bedbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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bed·​bug | \ ˈbed-ˌbəg How to pronounce bedbug (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bedbug (audio) \

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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