bill·​bug | \ ˈbil-ˌbəg How to pronounce billbug (audio) \

Definition of billbug

: any of various weevils (as of the genus Sphenophorus) having larvae that eat the roots of cereal and other grasses

Examples of billbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check for mealybugs, billbugs and nematodes in zoysia lawns and treat as needed. 23. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of billbug

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billbug

bill entry 1 + bug

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“Billbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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