cotton stainer


: any of several bugs (genus Dysdercus) that damage and stain the lint of developing cotton
especially : a red and brown bug (D. suturellus) that attacks cotton in the southern U.S.

Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cotton stainer was in 1856

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“Cotton stainer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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