bedbug

noun
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 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 Ugly boils erupt on the girls’ skin after a night in a safe house, apparently from bedbugs. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 11 Oct. 2019 The President of the United States is tweeting about bedbugs. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "After president’s tweet, #TrumpBedBug infests social media," 27 Aug. 2019 Residents have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks, and, yes, mice — plenty of mice. Bernard Condon, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump ‘rodent’ tweets ring true at Kushner-owned apartments," 31 July 2019 Residents have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks and, yes, mice — plenty of mice. Regina Garcia Cano And Bernard Condon, chicagotribune.com, "Trump said Baltimore is rat infested. Look no further than his son-in-law’s apartment buildings.," 31 July 2019 Residents have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks and, yes, mice — plenty of mice. Bernard Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Trump ‘rodent’ tweets ring true at Kushner-owned Baltimore apartments," 31 July 2019 Stephens later wrote an op-ed likening being referred to as a bedbug to the dehumanizing language Jewish people faced under Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "New York Times' botched Kavanaugh story the latest in series of blunders from Opinion section," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bedbug

1708, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of bedbug was in 1708

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bedbug

noun
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

bedbug

noun
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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