box–elder bug


Definition of box–elder bug

  1. :  a red-and-black sap-sucking bug (Leptocoris trivittatus) of the family Coreidae that sometimes feeds on fruit and hibernates in a partially dormant state often in buildings

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Origin and Etymology of box–elder bug

so called from its preference for the box elder

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a brief usually trivial fact

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