giant water bug


: any of a family (Belostomatidae and especially genus Lethocerus) of very large predatory aquatic bugs capable of inflicting a painful bite

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Adventurous eaters can try the roasted pork belly, which features a giant water bug called maeng da, a local delicacy, grilled in its shell, the flesh scooped out and mixed into the chili paste that tops the meat. Jenny Adams, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2023 But such assaults are emerging from the shadows: recent studies have documented praying mantises regularly eating small birds, as well as giant water bugs consuming vertebrates such as turtles, frogs and snakes in Japanese rice fields. Sandrine Ceurstemont, Scientific American, 15 Jan. 2020 Adventurous eaters may even be tempted to try their taste buds on more exotic offerings like giant water bugs, black soldier fly larvae or tarantulas. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, 31 July 2019 For instance, in 2011, Ohba reported the first observation of a giant water bug preying on a turtle. National Geographic, 3 Apr. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of giant water bug was in 1901

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“Giant water bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

giant water bug

: any of a family (Belostomatidae and especially genus Lethocerus) of very large predatory bug capable of inflicting a painful bite

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