kissing bug


Definition of kissing bug

: any of various large bloodsucking bugs and especially some assassin bugs (genus Triatoma) including some capable of inflicting painful bites

called also conenose

Examples of kissing bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To keep kissing bugs away from your home, the CDC has a few tips for anxious bug-o-phobes. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Beware of ‘Kissing Bugs’ This Season—They Can Potentially Cause a Deadly Illness," 25 Apr. 2019 Chagas disease is actually spread by triatomine bugs, aka kissing bugs. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About Chagas Disease—the Illness Spread by Kissing Bugs," 28 Aug. 2018 So far, a total of 11 species of kissing bugs have been spotted in the U.S. — the majority are concentrated in states along the U.S.-Mexico border. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Blood-sucking 'kissing bugs' spreading dangerous parasitic disease in US, health officials warn," 24 Aug. 2018 The Hamers monitored a total of 18 movements in 11 kissing bugs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 These early successes may pave the way for tracking kissing bugs on a more global scale. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of kissing bug

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Kissing bug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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kissing bug

kiss·​ing bug | \ ˈkis-iŋ-ˌbəg How to pronounce kissing bug (audio) \

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