doodlebug

noun
doo·​dle·​bug | \ ˈdü-dᵊl-ˌbəg How to pronounce doodlebug (audio) \

Definition of doodlebug

1 : the larva of an ant lion also : any of several other insects
2 : a device (such as a divining rod) used in attempting to locate underground gas, water, oil, or ores
3 : buzz bomb

First Known Use of doodlebug

circa 1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doodlebug

probably from doodle fool + bug

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The first known use of doodlebug was circa 1866

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“Doodlebug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doodlebug. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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